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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
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    Severe weather expected Wednesday afternoon & evening

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – The trends for the afternoon seem to be clearing up a bit. The first batch of thunderstorms from western Missouri is largely weakening, with one important exception. A single cell on the southern flank passing just south of Jefferson City right now will mostly likely remain strong to severe as it lifts east/northeast up into Gasconade and Franklin counties and eventually into the metro St. Louis area around 1:30pm. This lone storm should remain at […]

  • Severe storms bring flash flooding, abundant hail to St. Louis region

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Strong to severe thunderstorms brought large hail and pouring rain to much of the St. Louis region Tuesday morning.  As the storms moved in,  viewers reported golf ball sized hail around Warrenton and Augusta. Then the hail became extensive, blanketing the ground in quarter to half-dollar size ice pellets in west St. Louis County. The torrential rains fell fast and heavy, dropping one to two inches of rain in less than 30 minutes in many […]

  • Thursday Midday Forecast

  • Jet display’s at former Missouri Air National Guard base moving

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – For years drivers on I-70 at Lambert Airport have seen fighter jet displays at the former Missouri Air National Guard base at Lambert. Though the base was shuttered seven years ago, and moved across the state to Whiteman Air Force Base outside of Kansas City, Missouri, the jest remained in St. Louis. Now comes word the jet displays are being moved to Whiteman AFB. One display has already made the move, with the last slated to […]

  • Ground crew at Busch Stadium busy converting field for soccer match

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – A soccer field looks nothing like a baseball field, so crews at Busch Stadium began the hard work of converting the field to a soccer pitch Tuesday. Truck loads of sod were hauled in from Colorado to fill the infield cutouts. It`s the same grass from the same farm that was used the last time the playing surface was overhauled here at Busch for soccer. After removing a little bit of the infield dirt, crews then […]

  • New park set to opened in Chesterfield Valley

    CHERSTERFIELD, MO (KTVI) – A new park is set to be opened on April 11th in Chesterfield Valley. To look around, you would have no idea that you are standing only feet from I-64, a bustling outlet mall and hockey arena. This is truly a slice of heaven tucked away behind the Taubman Outlet Mall in Chesterfield Valley. The lake, which is the heart of River’s Edge Park, was originally formed during the Great Flood of 1993. It was much […]

  • Local storm chasers gear up for first chase of the season

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – It has been a slow start to the severe weather season all across the country.  So far, the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center has only issued four Tornado Watches and zero Severe Thunderstorm Watches.  That’s the fewest ever for this point in the season. But a slow start does not mean a slow finish and indications are a more active pattern is shaping up over the next few days.  The prospects for severe weather have […]

  • St. Louis repairing sirens ahead of severe weather season

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – It has been almost five months since the St. Louis area has seen any severe weather.  You have to go back to October 13, 2014 when a tornado swept through parts of Freeburg, Illinois producing damage to homes and businesses.  Warm weather like Wednesday, serves as a reminder that the spring storm season is fast approaching. Crews with the St. Louis City Emergency Management office took advantage of the nice weather to conduct regular maintenance on […]

  • Awful winter weather stretching across the country

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – The storm that slipped south of St. Louis yesterday blew up into a monster that produced crippling snow and ice from New York to Texas. A Delta Airlines flight slipped off the runway at New York’s LaGuardia Airport shortly after landing, skidding to a stop just feet before it would have tumbled into the icy water if the East Bay. One of the wings was damaged and several passengers were injured – although none seriously. Here […]

  • Southern Missouri and Illinois take the brunt of Wednesday snow storm

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – A potent cold front continues to drifting southward.  While the St. Louis metro area received less than 1″ of snow, as much as 2″ to 4″ is expected for southern counties in the News 11 and FOX 2 viewing area.  Anne Elise Parks traveled to near Red Bud Illinois which as seen a coating of snow and Chris Higgins is in our far southern counties where several inches of snow has fallen and continues to accumulate.  Metro St. Louis will see a few flurries linger into the evening with overnight lows near 10.  Thursday we will see the clouds erode and highs in the mid 20’s. Great news for the weekend, with sunshine and highs in the 50’s by Saturday […]

  • Some are questioning the need for tornado drills

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – The spring tornado drill has been around for decades.  But this year’s may be one of the last in Missouri. A movement is gaining steam to look at the need to continue the official drill in the future. Today, when sirens sounded at 1:30 pm for the drill, most, but not all schools and municipalities participated. At Eureka High School, students were ushered from their classrooms to the designated shelters in order to remind them of […]

  • MSD asks residents to clear snow from storm drains

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Roads are plowed after 4” to 8” of snow over the weekend.  That pushed aside into huge piles along roads, driveways and parking lots.  Under some of those piles are sewer drains that crews have been working frantically to clear ahead of a quick warm-up and shot at rain Tuesday. MSD in Missouri and IDOT in Illinois are both working to clear those drains.  They are concerned that piles of snow could block run-off leading to […]