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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    Open house at St. Louis Regional Airport to feature Ford Tri-Motor Airliner

    EAST ALTON, IL (KTVI) – This week the St. Louis Regional Airport in East Alton with host its annual open house.  The open house will run from September 22nd – 25th. This year’s open house will feature the Home Builder’s Association Fall Home Show, the Wings & Wheels Annual Car Show, radio controlled planes, and a 1929 Ford Tri-Motor Airliner.

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    Pilot rescued after plane crashes near Spirit of St. Louis Airport

    CHESTERFIELD, MO (KTVI) – Emergency services from law enforcement and surrounding fire departments rushed to Spirit of St. Louis Airport in Chesterfield, Missouri, Sunday night after a report of a plane down. The pilot was injured, but able to call for help.  Initially, first responders thought the pilot may have gone down on Howell Island in the Missouri River. But the plane’s emergency locator transponder was detected which helped direct the search back to airport property. The pilot and wreckage were eventually located 100 […]

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    Earthquake shakes southeast Missouri near New Madrid Fault

    POPLAR BLUFF, MO – Did you feel it this morning? Another earthquake struck Friday morning along the Mississippi River southeast of Poplar Bluff. The United States Geological Survey says it was a magnitude 3.5 and occurred at 8:45am.  That area is near the New Madrid Fault. It was weaker than the tremor that hit in Oklahoma a few days ago. A 5.6 magnitude earthquake struck Saturday morning near Pawnee, Oklahoma, and rattled through at least six surrounding states in the […]

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    Time running out to purchase St. Jude Dream home tickets

    O’FALLON, MO (KTVI) – There are only two days left to purchase your St. Jude Dream Home giveaway ticket.  Tickets are going fast, so don’t miss your chance to win the house with an estimated value of $485,000 for only $100 dollars. You could win a house and you will help fight childhood cancer. It was open house Wednesday here at the St. Jude`s Dream Home in O`Fallon, Missouri. The home is located in the Villages at Montrachet, that`s off […]

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    Several more rounds of heavy rain expected through Tuesday

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – The heavy rain threat will continue into Monday night with temperatures staying in the 70’s. Keep an eye on creeks and streams that could rise fast. There is an old front that is nearly stationary to the south of St. Louis. It is an old topically charged low pressure system that is lumbering slowly north along the front and will pass near or just south of St. Louis Monday. All of the available data continues […]

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    River crest forecast after substantial rains

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – The good news is that because of how and where the heavy rain fell (very complicated to explain) the Meramec River basin numbers have all come down substantially Monday and all flood warnings have been cancelled. The exception is the Big River where moderate flooding is expected in Byrnesville at 5.8′ above flood stage. Also, the Kaskaskia River forecast has dropped somewhat with only minor flooding now forecast in Vandalia. Check the latest weather conditions […]

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    Band of heavy rain to sweep through St. Louis Friday night

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – A band of thunderstorms with pockets of heavy rain continues to develop out over Central Missouri and will be spreading East through this evening. An isolated strong wind gust or two is possible with these storms but the greater concern will come from lightning and especially heavy rain at times. A slow moving wall of heavy rain, lightning and some gusty winds marches was through eastern Missouri and will be moving across the metro St. […]

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    Landspout sighted in St. Peters area

    (KTVI) – It happened again Tuesday, very humid air in place, a weak boundary and a developing shower along that boundary, and we get a benign, but very photogenic landspout.  The landspout happened near St. Peters, Missouri. The city of St. Peters set off its sirens, those sirens could be heard in surrounding cities.  A warning was not ever issued and warnings normally are not issued for his type of phenomena because they pose little if any threat to life and […]

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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 […]