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Hi! I am FOX 2 News Weekend Meteorologist, Chris Higgins. Born and raised here in the St. Louis area, I have a lifetime of experience with our wild weather. I'll never forget the bitter cold winters of the late '70s, the "Blizzard of '82", the "Drought of '88" or the "Great Flood of '93".

My education is home grown, too. I graduated from De Smet Jesuit High School in 1988. Then, in 1992, received my Bachelor of Science Degree in Meteorology from St. Louis University.

My career in television began here at FOX 2 as an intern in 1990. After my graduation from SLU in 1992, I moved into the heart of "Tornado Alley," Joplin, Missouri, where I spent two exciting years as Chief Meteorologist at KODE-TV. In 1994, I moved back to St. Louis and FOX 2 as the weekend meteorologist.

In October 2002, I was honored to receive my first of five Emmy awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Science for weathercasting and reporting. In July of 2006, I became first ever St. Louis meteorologist to receive the American Meteorological Society’s Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) designation - passing a rigorous written test covering many aspects of atmospheric and natural sciences.

In June, 2003, I realized a long time dream when I was commissioned as an officer in the Air Force Reserves. On my "drill" weekends I serve as “Major Higgins” with the 12th Operational Weather Flight at Scott Air Force Base. Our area of responsibility covers the entire northeastern United States including the White House. During the summer of 2008 I deployed to deserts of the Middle East in support of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. I’ve been honored as the United States Air Force Weather Officer of the Year for the Reserve Component two times - 2006 and again in 2008.

Community involvement is important to me. So, every year I make dozens of public appearances at local schools talking about weather, the importance of staying in school and serving your community!

My most cherished blessing in life is my loving family who continue to support my “crazy weatherman” obligations and schedule.

When I’m not working I enjoy being outdoors and trying to stay fit. I love to run, workout, work in the yard or just relax on the deck.

Recent Articles
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers trying to keep Mississippi River low

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– The Mississippi River has seen some extreme levels, both high and low the past few summers.  It was just two years ago that we experienced one of our worst droughts in recent memory that sent the Mississippi to some of its lowest levels on record. Had it not been for a few very calculate moves by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the river would most likely have been closed. Joan Stemler is the Chief of […]

  • Blessing of the Fleet postponed due to high water

    PORTAGE DES SIOUX, MO (KTVI)-The Mississippi River may have crested, but the high water is still causing trouble. The river topped out about 8 feet above flood stage between Grafton and Portage Des Sioux but it has been slow to fall, too slowly in fact for organizers of the annual Blessing of the Fleet originally scheduled for this up coming weekend. “The blessing has been postponed.” That is the official word from blessing of the fleet president, Darryl Weil. Even […]

  • Severe thunderstorms Monday bring heavy rain, damaging winds

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- As thunderstorms moved south of the St. Louis region late Monday afternoon, the NWS shaved away the Severe Thunderstorm Watch it had issued earlier in the day. The storms developed in the heat of the day as the second of two cold fronts moved through the area. Some of those storms were severe, bringing heavy rain, dangerous lightning, and damaging winds. Winds gusts of 50 to 60 mph were reported from St. Charles, MO to Mascoutah, […]

  • Heavy rain and thunderstorms possible Sunday

    (KTVI) – It has been a very warm and humid afternoon as the first of two cold fronts slowly eases south through Missouri and Illinois. As expected, thunderstorms have been slowly increasing roughly along the I-70 corridor, especially in central Missouri. Those storms will be increasing somewhat in coverage as they progress east and southeast Sunday evening. Thunderstorms will become likely for areas along and south of I-70 by early evening, including pretty much the entire metro St. Louis area. […]

  • Rising Missouri River threatening Boone Bridge construction

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – While the rising Mississippi is threatening river towns along its banks, the Missouri River is expected to rise 7 feet The rising Missouri River may shutdown construction of the new eastbound Boone Bridge from west St. Louis County into St. Charles County. Chris Higgins has the story. Follow Chris Higgins on Facebook and Twitter: Chris Higgins on Facebook Chris Higgins on Twitter Email: christopher.higgins@tvstl.com

  • De Soto black bear still on the loose

    DE SOTO, MO (KTVI) – Law enforcement and specialists with the Missouri Department of Conservation are still looking for a black bear in Desoto Missouri. The young bear has proved to be illusive and stubborn as crews have been doing everything they can to try and coax this bear out of De Soto and back up into the woods. But so far rubber bullets, noise makers and everything else they`ve tried to do have done little to encourage what is […]

  • Bethalto man survives lightning strike

    ALTON, IL (KTVI) – A Bethalto man is lucky to be alive after being struck by lightning this past Saturday at the Alton marina. Kraig Hinson had just returned from an outing on the Mississippi River when a pop-up thunderstorm hit the marina and Hinson sought shelter under a dock canopy. The storm was brief but intense with rain, wind and intense lightning. To document the storm, Hinson had shot some video of the storm prior to being struck at […]

  • Strong storms hit parts of St. Louis area

    (KTVI) – A few spots got soaked Sunday while many did not. The trend for the next few hours appears to be more dry and sunshine than anything else. Any threat for a shower will be extremely small and mostly south and west of St. Louis through midnight. Later tonight, a weak front will push into central Missouri and this may be enough for a few late night storms to pop-up, similar to last night. There will be a better […]

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    Two injured in helicopter accident

    LINCOLN COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – A helicopter flying lesson goes terribly wrong at a small Lincoln county airport. The crash occurred along the only runway at Greensfield Airport, which sits a short distance southwest of Moscow Mills in rural Lincoln County. The Missouri Highway patrol tells Fox 2 there were two people on board the helicopter when it went down – a student pilot and the instructor.  Neither of them have been identified; both walked away with only minor injuries. […]

  • Cherokee neighborhood moves to remove tattered flags

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – What started as a well intended beautification project for the Cherokee neighborhood in south St. Louis has turned into an eyesore and money pit. Back in 2006, the Chippewa-Broadway Business Association initiated its “Streetscape” program; with the help of a grant from the St. Alexius Hospital Auxiliary. The association put up decorative planters, colorful banners and dozens of American flags. But several years of harsh weather and a lack of funds to maintain the flags have […]

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    Crews recover body of swimmer swept under in Big River

    HOUSE SPRINGS, MO (KTVI) – Rescue crews  have recovered the body of a man who was swept under water by strong currents along the Big River.  It happened at Rockford Beach Park near House Springs.   Authorities received a 911 call for the 20-year-old around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. While river levels are about normal for this time of year, the man went missing in a deep hole just downstream from a damn near the park where the water is murky and […]

  • Woman who fell from Amtrak train found, many questions remain

    ANNAPOLIS, MO (KTVI) –Many questions remain after an elderly woman fell from an Amtrak train in Iron County late Saturday night. What exactly happened is still very much a mystery. Did she fall or jump? Was it an accident? Nobody knows for sure. The family that found the woman says her name Rosie and she was on her way from New York to Texas. A local train enthusiast, Byron Ashlock, happened to be shooting video of Amtrak’s` southbound 21 train […]