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Patrick Rockey is News 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 Christopher Newport.

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 seal of approval from the American Meteorological Society.

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, Blue, Klein and Deanie. You can see Patrick’s First Warning Forecast every weekday on News 3.

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Recent Articles
  • First Warning Forecast: Bermuda high keeps us mostly dry and hot

    The First Warning storm team is continuing to track oppressive conditions through your weekend. Dewpoints in the mid to upper 70s this afternoon and evening, making it feel downright miserable to be outside. Highs today in the lower 90s with a mixture of sun and clouds with a chance for an isolated shower or storm. Lows tonight in the mid to upper 70s, making for a warm and humid night. Could see some patchy fog late tonight into your morning […]

  • First Warning Forecast: Tracking triple-digit heat

    Heat and humidity will be the story for the rest of the week…Get ready! A warm and humid Wednesday night on tap with lows in the mid to upper 70s. Some patchy fog is possible for your Thursday morning commute. Heading into the afternoon hours, temperatures will continue to warm into the lower 90s, with heat index values in the triple digits. An isolated shower or storm is possible, otherwise a mix of sun and clouds. Temperatures will continue to […]

  • First Warning Forecast: Unsettled start to the workweek

    Clean sweeps on the News 3  Interactive Radar A quiet night in store with lows in the low to mid-70s. Dewpoints have backed off a bit, making for a more comfortable night on tap. Conditions will remain unsettled over the next few days as a frontal system remains stalled to our south. A few disturbances will affect us meaning chances for some showers and a possible storm as we head into the beginning of the workweek. Just keep that umbrella […]

  • Sunday’s First Warning Forecast: Back to the 80s, showers and storms possible

    Tracking showers in your area with the News 3  Interactive Radar Tracking some spotty showers through the overnight hours as a cold front crosses the area. Brief heavy downpours possible. Another chance for some showers and storms on Sunday. Best chance will be in northeastern North Carolina. Otherwise, mostly dry with partly cloudy skies. Highs will fall back into the 80s behind the cold front. The frontal system will stall to our south on Monday and Tuesday. Monday will features […]

  • Saturday’s First Warning Forecast: Hot and humid, storms possible

    Tracking showers in your area with the News 3  Interactive Radar A steamy start Saturday. Dewpoints in the low to mid 70s. As the day progresses, winds will be out of the southwest, which means warmer and muggier conditions. Highs Saturday in the low 90s with heat index values near 100. Scattered showers and storms are possible Saturday evening and into Sunday morning as a cold front moves through the region. Highs will slip back into the mid and upper […]

  • First Warning Forecast: A few showers, more humid

    Tracking showers in your area with the News 3  Interactive Radar Warming up for the weekend… After a nice little break from the heat, we are warming up to end the week. Expect highs in the mid 80s today, near normal for this time of year. It will feel more like the low 90s this afternoon, as dew points climb into the low and mid 70s again. Expect partly to mostly cloudy skies again today with isolated showers and stray […]

  • First Warning Forecast: Another day of 80s, spotty showers possible

    Meteorologist April Loveland’s First Warning Forecast Even though it’s a touch more humid than last night, a comfortable night in store with lows in the lower 70s. Patchy fog develops overnight into tomorrow morning. A few spotty showers in store for Friday. Not going to be a washout by any means. Highs to end the workweek in the upper 80s. The heat returns on Saturday with highs in the lower 90s with a chance for showers and storms thanks to […]

  • First Warning Forecast: Another comfortable night on tap

    Meteorologist April Loveland’s First Warning Forecast **Moderate rip current risk through this evening. Exercise caution.** A few showers and nice temps… A stationary front (or the leftovers of) will linger over the Mid-Atlantic to end the work week, keeping a mix of clouds and a few showers in the forecast. Expect partly to mostly cloudy skies with isolated showers and stray storms possible for the rest of the workweek. Expect highs in the low to mid 80s today and mid […]

  • First Warning Forecast: Another comfortable day in store Thursday

    Meteorologist April Loveland’s First Warning Forecast The First Warning Storm Team is tracking some relief from the heat and humidity over the next few days. Mostly to partly sunny skies through the end of the workweek. Lows tonight in the low to mid 70s under partly cloudy skies. Another comfortable day in store for Thursday, with highs in the low to mid 80s. A slight chance for a spotty shower or storm. Highs will climb back into the 90s this […]

  • Hurricane Hunters find that Earl is now a hurricane

    According to the 5:00 PM EDT Wednesday August 3, update, Earl is now a hurricane. Hurricane Earl is located at 17.1°N 86.0°. It is moving west at 14 mph. According to the National Hurricane Center, this general motion is expected to continue with some decrease in forward speed during the next 48 hours. On the forecast track, the core of Earl will continue to pass near the Honduras Bay Islands during the next few hours. Earl is expected to make […]

  • Waterspouts and how they form

    Have you ever seen a waterspout? What is it? A waterspout is a small, relatively weak rotating column of air over water beneath a towering cumulus cloud. That’s according to the National Weather Service. Waterspouts form when sunshine heats shallow water near the coast. Warm, moist air rises quickly to form storms clouds. Easterly winds add to spin in the updraft.  

  • Patrick’s First Warning Forecast: More heavy downpours

    It's a new month but the weather pattern is just the same as yesterday. And that will mean more showers and more thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening, producing heavy downpours.