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
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    Forecast – Wednesday morning storms fade to simmering heat

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Thunderstorms have developed in the early morning hours along an axis that parallels the Mississippi River in southwest Illinois. These storms are along a warm front that has just enough identity left to serve as a focus for development. Storms are likely to continue for several hours along this boundary, mainly in parts of the Metro East. The storms are tacking nearly the same path and some localized flash flooding is possible.  Severe weather is not expected Wednesday morning, although some gusty […]

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    Strong winds and hail possible during Wednesday’s severe weather

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Looks like it is shaping up to be an active afternoon of thunderstorms across much of Missouri. The morning storms north of I-70 have dissipated. I’m watching two zones for later Wednesday. Click here to check the radar First, and most importantly, a complex of severe storms with damaging winds is plowing east out of Kansas into western Missouri. This line of storms is moving at 45 to 50 mph and will be working into […]

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    New tool to help emergency managers plan for flooding

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI)  -When record flooding struck the Meramec River in late December, nobody really knew how high the water would get and more importantly where all that water would end up going. The United States Geological Survey introduced a new tool Tuesday they say could revolutionize the way emergency managers and city leaders prepare and react to big floods of the future. The new tool is called the Flood Inundation and Mapping Program (FIMP).  It is a web based […]

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    Wind blows wall off Sunset Hills manufacturing facility

    SUNSET HILLS, MO (KTVI) – The fast moving line of severe storms Thursday morning left its mark in Sunset Hills. Meteorologist Chris Higgins found storm damage along Gravois road about a mile southwest of I-270. Mac Moldings is a manufacturing facility where they build plastic molding for vacuum cleaners among other things. They will need more than a vacuum to clean this place up. Storms blew in this around 9am and blew out the entire front wall. Bricks, 2x4s and […]

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    Severe Thunderstorm Watch for portions of the area in MO until 1:00 p.m.

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- A fast moving line of storms is heading out of northwest Missouri to the east and southeast and will sweep across much of the FOX 2 viewing area between 9 a.m. and noon. This line of storms will have the potential to produce scattered strong to severe wind gusts along its path and a Severe Thunderstorm Watch may be issued for at least a portion of the viewing area within the next hour or so. These storms will help […]

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    Thunderstorms likely to develop across portion of southern Illinois, metro St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- Severe storms likely to increase, especially south of St. Louis into early this afternoon. Two weather systems are converging on the viewing area as we approach midday. One is an outflow boundary that is producing a band of rain, some thunder and gusty winds of 30-40 mph as it drops steadily south of St. Louis. The other is a disturbance that is riding along a cold front and edging into central and eastern Missouri. These two weather systems […]

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    Heavy rain, thunderstorms expected over Fourth of July weekend

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- The threat for rain and storms will continue across the St. Louis region Sunday, with a general shift to the southeast with time. Overnight storms put down anywhere from 2” to 5” of rain along and north of I-70 overnight. Further south, rain was spotty at best until mid-morning when thunderstorms developed over the eastern Missouri. Thunderstorms with heavy rain are expected through midday.  Tstorms moving through metro #STL are big rain makers. Absolutely pouring at our @fox2now Maryland Heights studios […]

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    St. Louis Premium Outlets earns ‘Storm Ready’ designation

    CHESTERFIELD, MO (KTVI) – St. Louis Premium Outlets center in Chesterfield is the area’s newest Storm Ready location. The outlet is one of more than 200 owned by parent company Simon Property Group that have all now been designated as Storm Ready by the National Weather Service. You need only look back to the historic Joplin tornado of 2011 to be reminded that shopping centers and department stores can be some of the most dangerous places during severe weather. However, […]

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    Smoke from Calhoun County fire can be seen for miles

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – The FOX 2 newsroom received many calls Monday afternoon about smoke plumes that could be seen north of St. Louis.  The smoke is from a controlled burn of a wheat field in Calhoun County, IL. Due to the direction that smoke was coming from, some residents were concerned that the smoke was coming from a fire at the Bridgeton landfill.  There has been an underground fire at that landfill for some time. The Bridgeton landfill is adjacent to the […]

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    Microburst downs trees in Creve Coeur Saturday afternoon

    CREVE COEUR, MO (KTVI) – Summer thunderstorms popped up in the afternoon heat and humidity.  A couple of these storms produced small down-rushing air bursts called microbursts.  These are often only in the 40 to 50 mph range.  However, the one that hit Creve Coeur this afternoon appears to have peaked between 60 and 70 mph. Most of the damage was in the Ladue Oaks Subdivision which is about a half mile west of I-270 off Ladue Road in Creve […]

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    St.Louisan living in Orlando responds to tragedy

    ORLANDO, FL. (KTVI)–Sports can seem rather insignificant in the midst of tragedy. It’s a reality St. Louis Native and Orlando City SC team administrator Erik Ustruck is experiencing first hand. “It’s devastating. It’s a devastating blow to the community as a whole but I think right now it’s important for us to unite and come together to show our support for the victims, their families and friends.” said Ustruck. Ustruck graduated from St. John Vianney High School in 2003 and […]

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    University of Central Florida holds vigil for victims of Orlando mass shooting

    ORLANDO, FL (KTVI) – Tuesday night a vigil was held the University of Central Florida in memory of the 49 victims that died in the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. The vigil was planned for outdoors, but Mother Nature wasn’t cooperating and the ceremony was moved indoors. But that lack of cooperation did nothing to take away from a very spirited event that featured speeches from campus leaders and community activists. The theme of the night was similar to […]