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.

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    Storms expected to move out late Saturday morning

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Rain and a few thunderstorms are spreading rapidly northeast across Missouri and will overtake the southwest counties in the Fox 2/KPLR 11 viewing area; roughly along a line from Montgomery City to Washington to Festus to Carbondale by 10 p.m. The rain and storms will then spread over the rest of the viewing are between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m. Heavy rain and lightning are likely at times, but severe weather is not expected overnight. Storms […]

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    Wednesday’s storms roll through Illinois

    RAYMOND, IL (KTVI) – While most of the St. Louis area was spared from severe weather Wednesday, residents in Montgomery County IL faced something else.  Its been a rough evening in and around Raymond IL. Meteorologist Chris Higgins is on the ground in the Raymond area with the latest news on this evening storms. Funnel cloud at Raymond Illinois @FOX2now pic.twitter.com/2hOPizPZYm — Darin Rosenthal (@drosenthal4020) April 28, 2016

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    Big storms Wednesday? Depends on the sunshine

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – It will be quiet until almost sunrise when the remnants of an active band of storms moving in from the west arrive. Severe storms should not be expected in the morning, but a few strong wind gusts and a little hail may be possible. The big question for Wednesday afternoon: will we see new severe storms? The atmosphere will have been worked over by mid-morning and it will take a good deal of sunshine for […]

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    St. Charles County residents begin task of picking-up storm damage

    ST. CHARLES COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – Ominous clouds brought thunder, lightning and severe storms to the metro area Tuesday.  Forecasters say we could be facing more severe storm s Wednesday. But for residents in and around New Melle in St. Charles County, the worry is about the storm damage caused by Tuesday storms.  The storms rolled through the area mid-afternoon with strong winds, hail and driving rain. The storm left roofs damaged, blown off, trees downed, limb littering yards and […]

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    Tuesday afternoon storms bring heavy rain and damaging winds

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – A line of  heavy rain and strong to severe  thunderstorms moved across the St. Louis area Tuesday afternoon. The storms formed a bow echo, a name for a squall line that is shaped like an archer’s bow and can produce damaging straight-line winds. Large bow echo making its way across Missouri towards St. Louis. Union, MO reported 55mph gust as storms arrived. pic.twitter.com/OvjPd4Vd7H — Angela Hutti (@AngWxGrl) April 26, 2016 As the storms moved in from the west, they […]

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    Strong storms possible Tuesday through Wednesday

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – The second amazing weekend of April is in the books and it is time to look ahead to what looks to be a stormy week. The first severe weather episode appears to be in the cards for our region on Tuesday and Wednesday, with multiple rounds of strong to potentially severe storms possible. There are still many questions about how this will all play out, but in a very general sense the greatest risk of severe […]

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    FOX 2 viewer captures landspout tornado on video

    LADDONIA, MO (KPLR) – A weak “landspout” tornado touched down around 6:20 pm Tuesday in the small town of Laddonia, Missouri about 85 miles northwest of St. Louis in Audrain, County. The tornado was captured on camera by Paula Smith Stafford. It’s called a landspout tornado because they form much like a waterspout, expect over land. Landspout tornadoes are usually very weak with winds less than 70 mph. This one did do some very minor damage to a small shed […]

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    How to Handle Your Household Hazardous Waste While Spring Cleaning

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Spring is here and that means it is time for spring cleaning. But not everything you may want to toss out should go in the trash can. In fact, much of what we store in our closets, under our sinks and in our garages is considered hazardous and should not go into a landfill. St. Louis County is part of a partnership with St. Louis City and Jefferson County and operates two household hazardous waste […]

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    Southern Illinois church reopens nearly two years after devastating fire

    HOYLETON, IL (KTVI) – A southern Illinois church is rising from the ashes, 20 months after lightning sparked a fire that nearly burned it to the ground. “I spent four or five hours over here on the highway in a chair watching the building burn and just wondering what the future was going to hold,” said Rev. Howard Self, Zion Evangelical United Church of Christ in Hoyleton, Illinois. For the third time in its history, the congregation has been put […]

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    Storm move through central Illinois Thursday

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Storms have moved through parts of central Illinois Thursday. The FOX 2 storm pilot hit the road to track them. Meteorologist Chris Higgins is behind the wheel with what he has seen today.

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    Severe weather possible for St. Louis Wednesday

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – A spring day is unfolding across the area with warm breezes and increasing humidity. Clouds have bubbled up and even a few small pockets of thundershowers, mainly northwest of St. Louis as of 10:45am. Going forward additional fairly small pockets of storms will continue to build up through early this afternoon. There will be lots of dry time, but quick 5 minute downpours will be possible along with some lightning and small hail. Storm coverage will increase somewhat […]

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    What is a Red Flag warning?

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – The National Weather Service in St. Louis put much of the area under a RED FLAG WARNING today, but does that mean they expect a swarm of red flags to invade the area?  Of course not.  Meteorologist Chris Higgins takes a closer look at what the warning really means.