Patrick Ellis joined the First Alert Weather team as the weekend morning meteorologist as well as the executive producer of digital weather content in October 2014 and is excited to stay in the state of North Carolina to continue forecasting for eastern North Carolina. Patrick is a native of Mobile, Alabama and received his Bachelors of Science in Geosciences with an emphasis in Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State University.
Patrick's journey in television began while in college in Mississippi. He began working at WeatherVision in Jackson and WABG-TV, the Greenville, Mississippi ABC affiliate. He graduated from State in December 2012 and moved to Greenville, North Carolina to become, for the past two years, the weekend meteorologist at WNCT-TV before making the move down Highway 17 to Wilmington.
Patrick's passion of the weather actually came from a fear of thunderstorms when he was younger. He was curious to what made them scary to him. His passion was further fueled by living on the Gulf Coast and living through multiple hurricanes such as Erin, Opal, Danny, Georges, Ivan and Katrina. While in college, he realized how important timely weather updates can save lives during the tornado outbreaks of 2011, adding a new passion of social media to the on running list.
Living in North Carolina for the past two years has thrown every challenging forecasts possible his way, from tornadoes to hurricanes to “the Wedge” to snow and ice. Each forecast is a teaching tool and everyday is a learning experience.
Patrick is a Mississippi State Bulldog fan (yes, it comes complete with a cowbell) as well as New Orleans Saints fan. When he isn't in the weather center, he loves photography, relaxing by the beach and nerding out with video games and cool weather phenomena.
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