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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.

Recent Articles
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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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 Stats Track

    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 […]

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    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.  

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    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.

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    Monday’s First Warning Forecast: Tracking more afternoon showers and storms

    Meteorologist April Loveland’s First Warning Forecast Track rain and storms in your neighborhood with the News 3 Interactive Radar. Lingering showers in the overnight hours. Expect areas of patchy fog to develop overnight. Low temperatures will be in the mid 70s. Some patchy fog to kick off your workweek. Partly sunny skies with more scattered showers and storms by the afternoon. You’ll want to keep an eye on the sky. Highs in the upper 80s to around 90…but will feel […]

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    First Warning Forecast: Continuing to track heat and possible storms for Friday

    Tracking showers, storms and a much needed break from the extreme heat….The First Warning Storm team is keeping an eye on the potential for strong to severe thunderstorms. We’re also tracking some heat relief. Continuing to track showers and thunderstorms overnight. Some thunderstorms may be strong to severe. Heavy rain and gusty winds are the main threats. Another hot and humid day on tap to end the workweek. Highs in the low to mid 90s with heat index values in […]

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    First Warning Forecast: Heat, humidity and storms on tap for Thursday

    ***A Heat Advisory is in effect from noon until 8 PM Thursday*** The First Warning Storm Team is tracking more heat, humidity and storms for Thursday…Relief from the heat, is in sight. Warm and humid conditions along with some lingering showers and storms overnight. Lows in the upper 70s. Heading into Thursday expect temperatures in the mid 90s with triple digit heat index values. A Heat Advisory will go into effect at noontime. Be sure to take the proper precautions […]

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    First Warning Forecast: Tracking strong to severe storms this evening

    **Severe Thunderstorm Warning in effect until 6:45 pm for Middlesex, Northern Gloucester and Northern Mathews county. Hazards: quarter-size hail and winds in excess of 60 mph.** ***A Heat Advisory remains in effect until 8 PM today for the Peninsula, Southside and Northeastern North Carolina. Most areas will see highs in the low to mid 90s with afternoon heat index values between 105 and 110.*** ***A Heat Advisory is in effect from noon until 8 PM Thursday*** More heat and more […]

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    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 […]