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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
  • VIPIR Full

    Patrick’s forecast: A lot of heat and humidity, a few storms

    Thursday will be another hot and muggy day for us. Ahead of a cold front, a strong southerly wind will send temperatures back into the upper 80s and lower 90s. The front will get close enough to spark scattered showers and storms. These will have plenty of moisture to work with, so some heavy downpours are possible.

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    Patrick’s forecast: More summer-like weather ahead

    Memorial Day is considered the "unofficial" start to summer, and boy is it going to feel like it this week.

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    Patrick’s Forecast: From sunshine to storms

    After a gorgeous Wednesday, the weather will be taking an ugly turn on Thursday. An area of low pressure will spin by to our south, bringing us scattered showers for the first part of the day and a few thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening hours.

  • VIPIR Full

    Patrick’s forecast: More storms tonight

    Expect another round of showers and storms this afternoon and evening as a cold front plows into our soupy air mass. There's plenty of moisture, so some slow-moving storms could cause localized flooding. And some larger hail is also possible, along with brief, gusty winds.

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    Patrick’s forecast: Tracking several days of storms

    It looks like we're going to bookend the work week with stormy weather. Expect some scattered storms popping up into the evening hours, fueled by today's heat and humidity. We aren't expecting a big outbreak of severe weather, but a few strong storms are possible.

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    Patrick’s forecast: Be VIPIReady for a few strong storms

    Hot and stormy, then cooler and calm. The unseasonably hot and muggy weather may fuel some late-afternoon and evening showers and storms as a strong cold front moves through.

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    Ana is now a depression, will continue to weaken over land

    Subtropical Storm Ana is gaining strength as it lingers off of the South Carolina coast. As of Friday's 11pm update from the National Hurricane Center the storm had maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour and it was moving north at just 2 mph.

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    First storm of 2015 hurricane season could bring soggy weather next week

    The first named storm of the 2015 hurricane season could bring us some soggy weather well into next week. Tropical Storm Ana formed late Thursday evening, with 45-mile-per-hour sustained winds.  The storm is expected to creep very slowly toward the South Carolina coast and finally make landfall sometime Saturday.  After that, the remnants will turn to the northeast and move in our general direction. Ana will bring some gusty winds and heavy downpours along the Carolina coast. And with any […]

  • Regional RPM

    Patrick’s Forecast: Coastal storm may become tropical storm soon

    A disorganized cluster of thunderstorms off the Florida Atlantic coast is expected to become better organized over the next few days and head toward the Carolina coast. It could intensify into our first tropical storm of the season Thursday or Friday.

  • VIPIR Full

    Patrick’s forecast: Trouble from the tropics

    We're tracking a storm system over Cuba that could - could - develop into a tropical system over the next few days.

  • VIPIR Full

    Patrick’s forecast: April showers bring May showers

    We're ending the month with a good dose of rain. And it looks like the scattered showers will stick around through at least the first half of your Friday.

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    Forget about March – it looks like May is going to come in like a lion.

    We’re tracking an area of low pressure moving out of Florida and up the east coast. It will join forces with another low that will develop along the mountains and intensify off the Carolina coast. Those will bring us wet weather on Thursday and wet, windy and cooler weather on Friday.


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