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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
  • Forest Park Forever to construct parks entrance markers

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Visitor to Forest Park will soon have new signs to welcome them to one of the largest urban parks in the country.  As part of the Forest Park Forever master plan, new stone welcome gates will be added to a half-dozen of the primary entrances to the park over the next 18 months. The gates will make for a grand and more distinct demarcation letting visitors know they have arrived at the park.  This is especially […]

  • MoDOT starts preparations for winter

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – As St. Louis enjoys a beautiful late summer afternoon, officials at MoDOT are already looking ahead to Old Man Winter.  Today MoDOT announced they are going on a hiring blitz in an effort to hirer 81 employees ahead of the winter season. That 81 number includes 26 full time workers in St. Louis City and County along with 55 other seasonal full time workers for the St. Louis District operations. Among other things, the workers will […]

  • Sunday’s storms leave scattered damage in metro area

    JEFFERSON COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – Strong storms rolled through the St. Louis area Sunday night bringing with it heavy rain, lightning, wind gust over 50 mph and flash flooding. Most the damaging weather was concentrated in the counties southwest of St. Louis in Franklin, Dent, Washington, and Jefferson County. Some storm damage occurred in Eastern Illinois after the storm crossed the Mississippi River. In the Illinois town of Hoyleton, property was damaged by the storms strong winds. Meteorologist Chris Higgins […]

  • Flash flood swamps St. Charles apartment complex

    ST. CHARLES (KTVI) – Flash flooding woes for a St. Charles apartment complex after four inches of rain inundated the area Wednesday night. The Riverview Gardens complex sits on the far northern edge of the City of St. Charles along Highway 94. The torrential downpour pushed water out of nearby creeks and storm sewers – first flooding the parking lot and then quickly surging into the first floor units. That’s where residents like Susan Sloan could do nothing but watch. […]

  • 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 […]