Patrick Rockey

Chief Meteorologist

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

  • NFL Weather Forecast: Week 2

    Posted on: 3:09 pm, September 12, 2013, by , updated on: 03:27pm, September 12, 2013

    It looks like showers and storms could impact quite a few NFL games in week two, especially the Thursday night...
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  • NFL Weather Forecast: Week 1

    Posted on: 3:21 pm, September 5, 2013, by

    The weather should be fairly tranquil for the first week of the NFL season, although there could be some wet...
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  • School year weather: what’s normal?

    Posted on: 3:54 pm, September 2, 2013, by , updated on: 07:45pm, September 2, 2013

    Here’s a look at the climatology for the school year: our normal highs, lows and sunrise through the school year....
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  • How cool was it in your neighborhood this morning?

    Posted on: 2:56 pm, August 26, 2013, by

    This is August? With clear skies and light winds, temperatures really dropped overnight Here’s a look at what you woke...
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  • How much rain fell in your neighborhood?

    Posted on: 10:27 pm, July 22, 2013, by , updated on: 07:03am, July 23, 2013

    Here’s a look at some of today’s highest rainfall totals. Patrick Rockey NewsChannel 3 Chief Meteorologist For frequent weather updates:...
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    Flooding in Norfolk
  • Heat Lightning? There’s no such thing

    Posted on: 10:13 pm, July 16, 2013, by , updated on: 06:48am, July 17, 2013

    Remember those warm summer nights growing up watching heat lightning dance in the distant clouds? Somewhere along the way, someone...
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    From Arthur Lee Owens
  • Heading to the Beach? Be prepared for chilly waters!

    Posted on: 8:58 pm, July 12, 2013, by , updated on: 01:41pm, July 13, 2013

    By Ricky Matthews VIPIR Weather Intern If you’re heading to Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Corolla, Sandbridge or Virginia Beach...
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    NOAA Ocean Explorer: Quest Expedition 2002
  • Chantal weakens into a tropical wave

    Posted on: 6:39 am, July 8, 2013, by , and , updated on: 06:18pm, July 10, 2013

    Chantal has weakened into a tropical wave. Jamaica and the Bahamas have canceled all tropical storm warnings.
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  • Heated debate: Should we name winter storms?

    Posted on: 1:40 pm, June 28, 2013, by , updated on: 01:48pm, June 28, 2013

    As Hampton Roads swelters in the summer heat, hundreds of meteorologists are sitting in a Nashville ballroom debating winter storms. More...
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  • Hot and stormy: Blame Bermuda!

    Posted on: 3:17 pm, June 24, 2013, by , updated on: 04:24pm, June 24, 2013

    You've heard of Bermuda shorts, but what about the Bermuda High? You may not have heard of it, but you're certainly feeling it this week!
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  • Supermoon this Weekend!

    Posted on: 4:20 pm, June 21, 2013, by , updated on: 04:48pm, June 21, 2013

    The largest full moon of 2013, known as a “supermoon” will light up our skies this Sunday.
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  • Summer is almost here!

    Posted on: 3:30 pm, June 20, 2013, by , updated on: 03:48pm, June 20, 2013

    Summer officially begins Friday morning at 1:04 AM. That's the time known as the summer solstice.
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