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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
  • Brother and sister looking to break record for climbing highest points in lower 48 states

    MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO (KTVI) – A brother and sister team from Michigan passed through St. Louis overnight on a drive to break a unique world record. Josh and Lindsay Sanders are trying to break the world speed record for climbing to the highest points in each of the lower 48 states. The current record is held by a young British climber which Josh and Lindsay say is simply unacceptable. They have been training and planning for more than a year […]

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    Dangerously close video of Missouri tornado captured by storm chasers

    LEE’S SUMMIT, MO – Amazing video shot near Lee Summit Missouri Wenesday night of the tornado that touched down there. This is amateur video. While the video amazing, it scares me to death to see folks out taking video so close to the tornado and not realizing how dangerous a position they are in. That said, it is still pretty compelling video. “Check that out! It just took the whole building in front of us, yo.”  said the man in the […]

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    Strong storms headed to Gasconade, Crawford and Dent Counties

    ST. LOUIS, MO – Strong to severe storms turning southeast out of central Missouri heading for Phelps, western Gasconade, Crawford and Dent Counties in MO between 9pm and 1030pm. These storms will be capable of 50 mph winds, lightning and intense rainfall that could easily result in flash flooding. The FLASH FLOOD WATCH remains in effect for these areas and a warning may be issued quickly once the storms arrive. People who live in flood prone areas of Gasconade, Phelps, […]

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    Canadian wildfire smoke tinting moon and sun in St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- Notice that haze? Well, that’s smoke and it’s getting thicker over the central United States.  The smoke is coming from wildfires in Alaska  and the Canadian provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan and being carried southward on upper level winds. Many noticed the red appearance of the moon overnight and the sun Tuesday morning. The particles of smoke in the air scatter the light, allowing the longer red wavelengths to be seen more than the typical, shorter blue. Smoke is getting thicker over […]

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    Tornadoes touch down in St. Louis area Sunday night

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – The National Weather service issued a tornado watch for many counties in the FOX 2 viewing area until 10pm on Sunday.  The storms started rolling in at around 8pm.  Several tornadoes were spotted in the western portions of the viewing area.   One was caught on camera crossing highway 61. The storms brought damaging wind gusts, large hail and isolated tornadoes.  They aslo produced very heavy rain. Several towns and neighborhoods experienced flash flooding.  Rivers and streams are […]

  • Flash flooding swamps roads, cars, businesses near Winfield, MO

    WINFIELD, MO (KTVI)-Torrential rains led to dangerous flash flooding and water rescues in Lincoln County Thursday night into Friday morning.   Many of those rescues happened in and around Winfield, MO. The most severe flash flooding happened on Highway 79 just south of Winfield. Cars, businesses, and at least one home were swamped by the rising water. The MacClean Levy was overtopped as the heavy rains came down. By morning, there were 31 water rescues in Lincoln County. Some people were […]

  • Arnold cancels its Fourth of July celebration

    ARNOLD, MO (KTVI) – Heavy rainfall and subsequent flooding has forced the City of Arnold to cancel its Fourth of July celebration at Arnold Park. With floodwater receding at a slow pace, most of the park is still underwater. By the time the water clears, city officials say there simply won’t be enough time to clean and disinfect the park for visitors.

  • Lincoln County man risks life to save pet raccoon from flooding

    LINCOLN COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – Johnny Ray of Lincoln County is lucky to be alive Tuesday night after being swept away by the high water of the Cuivre River near Old Monroe Tuesday. Old Monroe Fire Protection District received the call of a man in the water just before 1 pm.  When they arrived, the boats quickly hit the water and the search was on.  It only took them a few minutes to locate Ray. Ray lives in a home […]

  • Flood watches across the St. Louis region

    More rain in the forecast over the next few days means all eyes are on localized flooding and the possibility for flash flooding. Rivers in the St. Louis area continue to rise. The Meramec River has marched out of its banks and flooded George Winter Park near Fenton. Picnic tables have become islands surrounded by water. The main gates are closed and locked no one is allowed in the park. “We tend to have a lot of water rescues,” said […]

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    Remnants of tropical storm Bill to bring heavy rain to the region

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – A flash flood watch remains in effect for the region.  Gov. Jay Nixon has just declared a state of emergency in Missouri over flooding concerns. Rounds of rain and thunderstorms will continue to dump waves of heavy downpours across the region Thursday afternoon into this evening. This is the first extension of moisture surging out ahead of the remnants of Tropical Storm Bill. Rain should fall this afternoon and late this evening along and about […]

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    Workers rescue teen from trench collapse near Maryville, IL home

    MARYVILLE, IL (KTVI) – Firefighters from Maryville and Troy Illinois were called to a home on Westridge Drive around 2pm Wednesday afternoon when a man working to repair a water line became trapped when the hole he was working in partially collapsed. The unidentified man in his 30s had just completed repairs when he slipped causing a portion of the seven foot deep hole to collapse around him according to witnesses. People on the scene tried unsuccessfully to free the […]

  • Storms leave flooding in St. Clair County

    ST. CLAIR COUNTY, IL (KTVI) – As thunder storms plague the central part of the United States this week, flash flooding and flooding of low-lying areas in the St. Louis region is fast becoming a common site. Rain is in the forecast for the next several days till Friday, which is raising concerns for the public and government officials. Meteorologist Chris Higgins is in the Gateway Honda Dealers Storm Pilot keeping watch on the latest flooding conditions in St. Clair […]