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 n 1988. Then, in 1992, I 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 the Emmy award for Outstanding Television Weathercaster from the National Academy of Television Arts and Science. In July of 2006, I was honored by the American Meteorological Society when I was designated as the first ever Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) in St. Louis. To earn the CBM designation, I was required to pass a rigorous written test covering many aspects of atmospheric and natural sciences.
In June, 2003, I realized a long time dream of mine when I joined the Air Force Reserves. On my "drill" weekends I serve as a weather officer with the 12th Operational Weather Flight at Scott Air Force Base. My forecasts cover the entire northeastern United States including the White House.
Community involvement is important to me. So, every year I make dozens of public appearances at local schools talking about weather and the importance of staying in school!