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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
  • St. Louians dealing with cold, wet spring day

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Most people may not be like the cold and rain, but they were approaching Wednesday’s dreary weather with a positive attitude. Despite the more November-like feel, people know spring will be back in short order. The cold and wet from today made for far from perfect baseball weather. At the Affton Athletic Association off Gravois Road, crews quickly took to the fields to work their magic to try and salvage whatever games they could.  It has […]

  • Experimental treatment being used to help save bats in Missouri

    HANNIBAL, MO (KTVI) – The state of Missouri is on the frontlines of the battle against a deadly fungus that is killing off bats at an alarming rate. White Nose Syndrome (WSN) is spreading like wildfire across eastern North America since it was first discovered near Albany, New York about 8 years ago. “White nose syndrome is cause by the fungus Pseudogymnoascus destructans which was first introduced in the United States in 2006-2007,” according to Chris Cornelison, a researcher at Georgia […]

  • O’Fallon recruiting residents to monitor tornado sirens

    O’FALLON, MO (KTVI) – The O’Fallon Missouri police department has started a new program to get citizens involved in taking care of tornado sirens. The program calls for residents to adopt a siren, to make sure their functioning properly.

  • Dead mountain lion is not the first in Missouri

    LACLEDE COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – The mountain lion that was killed along I-44 Tuesday was not the first to be seen in Missouri and experts say it will not be the last. The male lion weighed 131 pounds and was 95 inches long from nose to the end of the tail.  That’s a big size mountain lion according to Tom Meister of the Missouri Department of Conservation. The state established the mountain lion response team back in the early 1990s […]

  • Looking for a quick getaway? Try Crystal Bridges Museum in northwest Arkansas

    BENTONVILLE, AR (KTVI) – Buried deep in the hills of northwest Arkansas is a new national treasure. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is located in Bentonville, Arkansas.  It is the first museum that is dedicated to purely American art to be built-in generations. The museum was the vision of Alice Walton, the daughter of Sam Walton, the founder of Walmart.  She grew up on the property and turned her love for art and nature into this majestic facility. The […]

  • St. Louis region off to a good growing season

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – It was a beautiful day with pleasant breezes and sunny skies.  Another nice day in what most people agree has been a pretty nice spring.  Temperatures have been running near to a little above normal since April 1st and rainfall is pretty close to normal. Darrell Thies from Thies Farm in Maryland Heights says this has been a perfect year for our home gardens.  “I think it’s been nice.  The flower season is going well and […]

  • Ballpark Village open for Monday movie night

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – After this weekend’s storms, Monday morning’s rain and clouds gave way to clear skies and sunshine. The sunshine and temperatures in the 70s will be welcomed weather for those wanting to attend tonight’s movie at Ball Park Village. The doors open at 6 pm, with the movie starting at 7 pm. Food and beverages can be bought at the Dugout Bar. Movie Schedule Mon May 11th – Grease Mon June 22nd – Lego Movie Mon July […]

  • Storms roll through St. Louis area

    (KTVI) – The band of rain and thunderstorms continues to get closer to St. Louis. As of now no severe weather has occurred in the St. Louis area. The storms will have gusty winds, heavy rain and lightning associated with these storms. Counties under a Tornado Watch will be dropped as the line of storms moves east, with all warning cancelled by 8pm at the latest. However, as the line crosses the Mississippi River it will encounter somewhat more favorable […]

  • MICDS science students launch weather balloon into stratosphere

    LADUE, MO (KTVI) – On May 7, the MICDS freshmen science classes launched a high altitude balloon in order to gather various scientific data. They worked with a company called Stratostar. The balloon included a parachute, electronic sensors (temperature, altitude, humidity, pressure, and accelerometers), video cameras, and GPS tracking devices. The students involved in the project are part of one of five groups: mission control, payload construction, a launch team, a recovery team, and a media team. The mission control […]

  • Technology incubator opened in St. Charles

    ST. CHARLES, MO (KTVI) – A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Tuesday marking the opening of the first ever business technology incubator in St. Charles. Old Post Office Startups is located inside the newly renovated old St. Charles post office at 119 South Main Street in Old St. Charles. It is a place for entrepreneurs to collaborate and learn from each other while they gear up to launch what they hope will become successful businesses. While OPO focuses on technology, […]

  • Carpenter bee activity in full swing

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-If you’re a homeowner with a wood deck or fence chances are you’ve been buzzed by the growing carpenter bee population. They are big, black, mostly smooth, and very standoffish critters that do not like to have their territory disturbed. They are the first of the bees to start showing up in early spring and this year there have been plenty. Crews at Rottler Pest and Lawn Solutions have been answering calls from weary homeowners daily. The […]

  • Groundbreaking radar network in Dallas has local ties

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – The Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex is the largest metropolitan area inside Tornado Alley. That makes it the perfect location for the deployment of the new CASA weather radar network.CASA stands for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere. It is a partnership that brings together universities, industry, and local governments to develop hyper local weather monitoring networks. CASA is teaming up with the North Central Texas Council of Governments in a five-year, $10 million project that will blanket […]