• Follow me on:

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.


Recent Articles
  • Heat Advisory

    First Warning Forecast: Heat advisory in effect for Monday

    The First Warning Storm Team continues to track extreme heat into Monday…A warm and humid Sunday night in store. Lows in the upper 70s under mostly clear skies. Temperatures Monday will warm quickly with highs in the mid to upper 90s. Once we factor in the dew points…we’ll have heat index values in the triple digits. Make sure you take the proper precautions if you are going to be outside. Keep yourself hydrated, and don’t forget about your pets! If […]

  • Heat Advisory

    Heat Advisory in effect for Sunday

    The National Weather Service in Wakefield has issued a Heat Advisory which will go into effect Sunday at 11:00 am. The areas affected are southeast Virginia and Northeast North Carolina. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity can lead to heat-related illnesses if proper precautions are not taken. Expect heat index values from 105 to 108. Wear loose fitting clothing and drink plenty of water. The advisory will expire at 8:00 pm.

  • Heat Advisory

    First Warning Forecast: Extreme heat on tap

    Meteorologist April Loveland’s First Warning Forecast The First Warning Storm Team is tracking extreme heat on Sunday. Temperatures will warm quickly today with highs in the mid to upper 90s. Once we factor in the dew points…we’ll have heat index values in the triple digits. Make sure you take the proper precautions if you are going to be outside keep yourself hydrated, and don’t forget about your pets! If you’re hot, they’re hot too. Winds will be out of the […]

  • ADI Heat Index Forecast

    First Warning Forecast: The 90s are back, hot and humid this weekend

    The First Warning Storm Team is tracking extreme heat today. Temperatures will warm quickly today with highs in the mid to upper 90s. Once we factor in the dew points…we’ll have heat index values in the triple digits. Make sure you take the proper precautions if you are going to be outside keep yourself hydrated, and don’t forget about your pets! If you’re hot, they’re hot too. Winds will be out of the southwest, only helping to increase the dew […]

  • Cam Full - Bay

    First Warning Forecast: Warm and humid overnight, dangerous heat on tap

    The heat is on…The First Warning Storm Team is tracking triple digit heat index values for the weekend. By Saturday and Sunday, we’ll see highs in the mid 90s. However, with dew points in the mid 70s, we’re expecting heat index values in the triple digits this weekend! An isolated shower or storm is possible this weekend. The extreme heat will continue into Monday with highs in the mid 90s. We’ll see highs in the lower 90s by midweek with […]

  • ADI Temperature Forecast

    First Warning Forecast: Comfortable night, then the heat returns

    Meteorologist April Loveland’s First Warning Forecast Comfortable night in store…followed by heat and humidity to end the workweek. The dew points have actually been dropping throughout the day, and you’ve probably noticed it feels a little more comfortable to be outside. Well, enjoy the comfortable night, because Friday will be a different story. Tonight, expect clear to partly cloudy skies with lows in the lower 70s. Then, get ready for the heat and humidity! On Friday, under mostly sunny skies, […]

  • ADI Temperature Forecast

    First Warning Forecast: Warm day Thursday, heat returns Friday

    Meteorologist April Loveland’s First Warning Forecast Enjoy the 80s Thursday, because the First Warning Storm Team is tracking heat and humidity through the weekend… A large area of high pressure builds in tonight and will last through the weekend. Clouds clearing tonight with some patchy fog possible. A comfortable night with lows in the lower 70s. As we move through Thursday, we’ll get a break from some of the extreme heat and humidity, but it won’t last long. Highs Thursday […]

  • RADAR Full

    First Warning Forecast: Tracking widely scattered showers and storms tonight

    Meteorologist April Loveland’s First Warning Forecast Not as hot now, but it won’t last long….As we move through today and tomorrow, we’re getting a break from some of the extreme heat and humidity, but it won’t last long. We’re tracking highs in the 90s through the weekend. As we move through our Wednesday evening, a few widely scattered showers and storms could pop up here and there, courtesy of the daytime heating and a cold front that has pushed to […]

  • ADI Heat Index Forecast

    First Warning Forecast: Hot and humid Monday on tap

    Meteorologist April Loveland’s First Warning Forecast Tracking more heat and humidity to begin the workweek….Dry and humid conditions overnight with lows in the low to mid 70s. Mostly dry conditions heading into Monday. Highs in the upper 80s to lower 90s. Dew points in the low to mid 70s making for a very muggy day. Heat index values in the upper 90s to around 100. Make sure you stay hydrated! A cold front will approach from the northwest Monday night […]

  • ADI Futurecast PM

    Sunday’s First Warning Forecast: A slight chance for an afternoon shower or storm

    Meteorologist April Loveland’s First Warning Forecast Continuing to track a line of showers and storms overnight on First Warning Radar. Some of the rain could be heavy at times and gusty winds are possible too. Showers will continue to move eastward with drier conditions by Sunday morning. Lows tonight in the low to mid 70s. A slight chance for a few scattered showers and storms Sunday, with highs in the upper 80s. Temperatures will warm up into the 90s once […]

  • RADAR Full

    Saturday’s First Warning Forecast: Keeping an eye on First Warning Radar

    Meteorologist April Loveland’s First Warning Forecast Tracking showers and storms this Saturday afternoon. All eyes will be on a frontal system to our west. It will move in and stall across our area, giving way to unsettled weather. Today we’ll see partly to mostly cloudy skies, then scattered showers and storms this afternoon and evening. Some of the rain could be heavy at times. Gusty winds are possible, too. Highs will be in the upper 80s. Rain chances will likely […]

  • ADI Futurecast PM

    First Warning Forecast: A bit of relief from the heat, more storms for Saturday

    Meteorologist April Loveland’s First Warning Forecast Showers and storms diminish overnight…more storms in store for Saturday. We’ll be keeping an eye on First Warning Radar. Showers and storms then partly cloudy skies heading into Saturday morning. Lows in the mid 70s. This weekend, all eyes will be on a frontal system to our west. It will move in and stall across our area, giving way to unsettled weather. On Saturday, we’ll see partly sunny skies, then scattered showers and storms […]