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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.


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    How cold did it get in your neighborhood last night?

    Here's a look at this morning's low temperatures across Hampton Roads and northeastern North Carolina.

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    RATE THE DAY: Friday

    Each day, I invite my friends on Facebook and Twitter to rate that day's weather...

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    VIDEO: Check out these cool Virginia Beach time lapses

    I’m working to use more local video during my forecast. So for Christmas, I bought myself a GoPro camera. Check out these cool time lapses I shot in Virginia Beach: Patrick Rockey NewsChannel 3 Chief Meteorologist For frequent weather updates: Join me on Facebook Follow me on Twitter Read our weather blog

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    Patrick’s Weather Blog: Despite extremes, 2013 rainfall close to normal

    In the middle of July, with huge thunderstorm downpours repeatedly flooding our roads who would have guessed that the year would end up looking pretty normal in the record books? But that’s just how we will end up. In a typical year, we receive 46.54″ of rain. This year 45.65″ fell, giving us a deficit of less than one inch. That’s pretty remarkable to come that close to the bull’s eye over 365 days! That’s not to say there weren’t […]

  • Could there be snow in Hampton Roads next week?

    Snow in Hampton Roads in mid November? That just doesn’t happen. No, it doesn’t usually and it probably won’t this time either. Probably. However, several computer forecast models are suggesting we will see a big surge of cold, Canadian air the middle of next week and an area of low pressure with lots of moisture that could bring us a big dose of snow. But a lot could (and probably will) change between now and then. With longer-range forecast models, […]

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    10 things we love about fall in Hampton Roads

    The world may know Hampton Roads and coastal Carolina as a summer vacation destination, but we know that fall is when we really shine. Here are ten things we love about our area in the fall. 1. DOG WALKS ON THE BEACH Once our visitors from Ohio and Pennsylvania return home, our four-legged friends are freed from the baby pool in the backyard and are welcome back to the beach. Many area beaches are open to pooches from Labor Day […]

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    NFL Weather Forecast: Week 2

    It looks like showers and storms could impact quite a few NFL games in week two, especially the Thursday night Jet-Patriots match up in New England. Patrick Rockey NewsChannel 3 Chief Meteorologist For frequent weather updates: Join me on Facebook Follow me on Twitter Read our weather blog

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    NFL Weather Forecast: Week 1

    The weather should be fairly tranquil for the first week of the NFL season, although there could be some wet weather in Denver, Pittsburgh and Jacksonville. Patrick Rockey NewsChannel 3 Chief Meteorologist For frequent weather updates: Join me on Facebook Follow me on Twitter Read our weather blog

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    School year weather: what’s normal?

    Here’s a look at the climatology for the school year: our normal highs, lows and sunrise through the school year. Patrick Rockey NewsChannel 3 Chief Meteorologist For frequent weather updates: Join me on Facebook Follow me on Twitter Read our weather blog

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    How cool was it in your neighborhood this morning?

    This is August? With clear skies and light winds, temperatures really dropped overnight Here’s a look at what you woke up to on Monday morning: Ahoskie 49 Chesapeake 50 Wakefield 50 Franklin 52 Gloucester 53 Suffolk 54 Newport News 55 Melfa 55 Elizabeth City 55 Virginia Beach 56 Edenton 56 Wallops Island 57 Williamsburg 57 Hampton 57 Manteo 58 Norfolk 59 Portsmouth 61 Kill Devil Hills 65 Patrick Rockey NewsChannel 3 Chief Meteorologist For frequent weather updates: Join me on […]

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    How much rain fell in your neighborhood?

    Here’s a look at some of today’s highest rainfall totals. Patrick Rockey NewsChannel 3 Chief Meteorologist For frequent weather updates: Join me on Facebook Follow me on Twitter Read our weather blog

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    Heat Lightning? There’s no such thing

    Remember those warm summer nights growing up watching heat lightning dance in the distant clouds? Somewhere along the way, someone explained that it’s lightning in the clouds that forms because of the heat.  In reality, heat lightning doesn’t exist. The reality isn’t so interesting.  Heat lightning is simply regular lightning that’s so far away that you don’t hear the thunder.  On many nights, you can see the lightning in thunderstorms that are up to 100 miles away!  But the thunder […]

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