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Originally from Lake Arthur, Louisiana (outside of Lafayette) he is no stranger to severe weather. In fact, his original interest in meteorology was sparked at the age of 8 when Hurricane Opal threatened to make landfall and forced his family to evacuate.
Patrick began his educational career at McNeese State University where he majored in physics and became an active member/officer of Theta Chi Fraternity. He was also a MSU Peerleader, an officer for the Greek Unity Council, and a member/officer of McNeese State University Gospel Choir. After the scholarship was depleted, he transferred his credits to Jackson State University, where he graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in Meteorology. During this time he worked for Weather Visions in Jackson, Mississippi.
Patrick comes to the Peach State after 3 years at Maryland's Most Accurate WMAR in Baltimore, Maryland, where he was the evening meteorologist. Before that, he spent three years in Memphis, Tennessee. Prior to moving to Memphis, he lived in Greensboro, North Carolina, where he was a doctoral candidate at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical (NCA&T) State University. During the course of his studies there, he spent multiple summers interning with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Boulder, Colorado, doing Numerical Weather Modeling. As part of the curriculum he also was a teacher’s assistant and taught several physics and meteorology classes/labs.
While a little far from home, Patrick looks forward to getting involved in the community and bonding with locals over a couple of things that Louisianans and Marylanders have in common—a love of football and crabs! In his spare time he enjoys being in the kitchen; making his world famous Seafood Gumbo and Crawfish Etouffee’. When he’s not tracking weather systems and cooking, Patrick enjoys working out, running, and playing basketball—he’s not a bad spades partner either. A bit of an oenophile, Patrick loves to pair wine with the weather -- you can catch his weekly wine recommendations on WANF News at 3:30, 7 and 10 p.m.