Patrick Bigbie - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

Patrick Bigbie

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Patrick's love and passion for weather began the day he was born. "As a kid, I would watch The Weather Channel more than cartoons. Weather just came naturally to me. I took every opportunity I had growing up to become a meteorologist." At 13, he became the youngest Weather Watcher for WSFA in Montgomery, AL. This allowed him to become friends with and learn from some of the best meteorologists in the business. He became an advanced SkyWarn Spotter before he even graduated high school and when presented the opportunity will chase anything from blizzards to tornadoes to hurricanes.


Patrick is a native of Seale, Alabama. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Meteorology from the University of South Alabama with a concentration in Broadcast in 2015. While in school, he was the Chief Meteorologist for “AtmosCenter," a student-ran, daily weathercast for the school, and he was also the meteorologist for the school newspaper, TV, and radio station. He also interned at WSFA in Montgomery, Alabama.


Patrick gained notoriety during the tornado that hit the Pine Belt in January of 2017. When the station's audio was knocked out by the storm, Patrick grabbed a piece of paper and a Sharpie and wrote, “No Sound Tornado on the Ground in Petal,” holding it in front of the camera in an effort to warn viewers of the danger.


He has also won multiple Best of the Pine Belt awards for "Best Local TV Personality."

When not keeping an eye on the weather, Patrick enjoys trains, photography, Auburn football (War Eagle!), NASCAR, being outdoors, and spending time with his wife Rachel. He also enjoys spending time with his friends and family as well as his two cats, Chessie and Sweetie.

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