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Patrick Rockey is NewsChannel 3’s chief meteorologist.

Patrick’s interest in weather began on a camping trip to Lake Gaston when he was just 7-years-old. It was June 1972 and his entire family was spending the week in a pop-up camper.

A terrible rainstorm came and made the trip a muddy mess. But it wasn’t just any rainstorm. The remnants of Hurricane Agnes dumped flooding rains on parts of Virginia, Pennsylvania and New York. Agnes is still considered the worst natural disaster ever to hit some communities. After that, Patrick became fascinated by hurricanes, thunderstorms and, like every kid, snow storms. He still considers the Blizzard of 1980 in Hampton Roads his favorite weather memory.

Patrick was born at Ft. Eustis, graduated from Denbigh High School and Christopher Newport University (It was actually Christopher Newport College at the time) with a degree in English/Journalism. He served as editor of the school newspapers at both Denbigh High School and CNU.

Patrick then earned a master’s degree in Communications – Radio/TV from Murray State University in Kentucky. He received his meteorology training through Mississippi State University and holds the seals of approval from both the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association.

Patrick has been honored with two southern regional Emmy Awards, along with numerous awards from the Associated Press.

Patrick’s parents retired from the military and live on the Peninsula. He shares his Norfolk home with his three dogs, Patsy, Klein and Deanie. You can see Patrick’s VIPIR Forecast every weekday on NewsChannel 3 at 4pm, 5pm, 5:30pm, 6pm and 11pm.


Recent Articles
  • Virtual Set Severe Threat Meter

    Patrick’s forecast: Tracking strong storms, plenty of rain

    A series of storm systems will roll through the region over the next few days, bringing showers, thunderstorms and a healthy dose of rain. By the time it all ends on Sunday, we could receive another 2-3 inches of rain.

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    Patrick’s forecast: Better get that lawn mowed

    Hope you enjoyed today's break from the extreme heat and storms because warmer and wet weather will be making a comeback over the next few days. As a matter of fact, you may want to get your lawn mowed soon because there won't be a lot of opportunities between now and next Monday.

  • Patrick’s forecast: Tracking dangerous storms on the way

    A powerful cold front is racing on our direction and will swing through the region late tonight and early tomorrow morning, spawning some strong thunderstorms.

  • ADI Heat Index Forecast

    Patrick’s forecast: Extreme heat, then some relief

    We'll get another taste of extreme heat on Tuesday. A southwest wind ahead of a cold front will send the mercury soaring into the triple digits for many of us.

  • rockeypatrick2

    Patrick’s weekend forecast: Stormy Saturday, maybe a break on Sunday

    Some might call it a broken record. We call this summer in Hampton Roads: heat, humidity, scattered storms, repeat. That's pretty much what we can expect over at least the next week.

  • ADI Heat Index

    Patrick’s forecast: Steamy and stormy

    Yesterday's weather is just a distant memory. The heat and humidity have returned with a vengeance.

  • rockeypatrick2

    Patrick’s Forecast: We now return you to 90° weather

    Wednesday has given us an oasis from the record-breaking heat and ugly humidity. But the same cold front that brought us this relief, will be moving back north as a warm front. As it does, we could see a few showers and storms overnight tonight and early on Thursday morning. Then we'll see the mercury climb back into the 90s in the afternoon, with just a slight chance for a cooling afternoon storm.

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    Only 100º? Why does my car thermometer say it’s hotter?

    Get in your car on days like these and it sure feels like the surface of the sun! And the car thermometer confirms what you're thinking: it's 105º, 108º even 110º! So why is that guy on TV (me) saying it's only 100º?

  • Virtual Set with Almanac 1

    Patrick’s forecast: Record-breaking heat today, but relief on the way

    Thankfully, we won't be breaking any records tomorrow. A cold front will cross the region tonight, bringing us lower temperatures and humidity on Wednesday. It'll be a pretty typical June day, with a mix of sun and clouds and highs in the mid 80s.

  • Virtual Set Bar Graph Wind Gusts

    Patrick’s forecast: Even worse tomorrow, but relief on the way

    Our early-season heat wave will peak on Tuesday with near-record high temperatures and a dangerous combination of heat and humidity. But a cold front will push through late in the day, bringing us a chance for cooling showers and storms and a break from the worst of the weather for at least one day.

  • VIPIR Full

    Patrick’s forecast: Heat, humidity and storms

    A powerful cold front is marching in our direction, sparking a line of strong-to-severe storms to our west. A few of those storms could swing through some of our northern communities later this evening. But it looks like the bulk of the stormy weather will hold off until Tuesday.

  • rockeypatrick2

    Patrick’s forecast: Heat, humidity and storms return

    Sunshine and 70s on this Sunday. If only it could last forever. It can't. Heat and humidity will return for the start of the work week. Ahead of a strong cold front, expect highs back in the upper 80s and lower 90s through most of the work week.

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