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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    NWS forecasters use special training to prepare for severe weather

    WELDON SPRING, MO (KTVI)- When it comes to getting the warnings out during severe weather, seconds really do matter. That is why forecasters at the National Weather Service regularly look back at the past to better prepare for the future. To do that, forecasters use what is called the Weather Event Simulator (WES). The WES allows forecasters to replay weather data from satellite, radar and other sources just as if they were happening today.  They take cases from all across […]

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    Blues fans pumped for game 4 against the Sharks

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Blues fans are pumped for Saturday’s game 4 of the NHL Western Conference Finals between the Blues and the Sharks.  Fans started arriving early at Ballpark Village to watch the Cardinals game and the Blues game slated to start just after 6 pm. Meteorologist Chris Higgins was in San Jose for Game 4 of Western Conference Final, and caught up with Blues fan at tonight’s game as the SAP Center.  

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    Could restoring prairie grasses improve water quality and reduce flooding?

    KIRKSVILLE,  MO (KTVI) – Scientists from the University of Missouri are conducting extensive research on a farm northwest of Kirksville to see if restoring some of the state’s native prairie grasses could dramatically improve the health of our waterways and reduce the magnitude of river flooding in the future. Native plants on the Missouri plains have been largely removed over the past 200 years, replaced with farmland, a practice that over the decades has had many serious and unforeseen consequences. […]

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    Rain expected throughout the day and into Tuesday

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Wet weather has arrived in the bi-state area Monday morning. Initially, most of the rain will be along Interstate 70 and all parts south. But in time, the moisture and precipitation will build more northward and become heavier, especially late today and tonight. It still looks like a good soaking, with one to three inches likely by the time the event winds down Tuesday evening. Even though a thunderstorm or two will be possible Monday night […]

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    Cleaning up after storms sweep through Missouri

    BOURBON, MO (KTVI) – It’s clean up day after severe storms ripped through parts of the viewing area overnight, leaving behind a path of destruction for many. Meteorologist Chris Higgins explains. He is near Bourbon, Missouri where a tornado touched down.

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    Tornado hits home near Bourbon, MO

    CRAWFORD COUNTY, MO (KTVI)- It is a day of clean up near Bourbon after a tornado tore through the area leaving behind a trail of damage and destruction. The tornado ripped through the area last night about 8:15pm. The National Weather Service was in the damage zone this morning surveying the devastation. Crawford County Emergency Management officials say that the weather service has rated this an EF2 tornado with wind speeds up to 135 miles per hour. One home off a […]

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    St. Louis storm brings hail and damaging winds

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – A couple of rounds of showers and thunderstorms will hit St. Louis Tuesday afternoon and evening. Many of these storms will be severe.  A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect for the bi-state until 7:00 P.M. Storms are likely to develop Tuesday evening as the air becomes very unstable, especially along and south of I-70.  The fairly high instability will lead to some pretty hefty thunderstorms developing in clumps, also along an advancing cold front. The main threats will […]

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    Some potential for severe weather Monday afternoon

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – A messy forecast today with a lot of small features playing a big role. This makes for some complex forecasting. However, when you boil it down to the basics, there will be a chance for showers and a few thunderstorms all day Monday.  There will be a lot of dry time between the downpours. Trying to pin down any specific time in any one location is an impossible task. In general terms, the highest potential for rain […]

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    Farmer finds black bear on his property in Warren County

    WARREN COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – Last week, it was Jefferson County.  This week, a Black Bear was spotted in Warren County and Monday morning, the Missouri Department of Conservation trapped, sedated and inspected that Black Bear on a farm in rural Warren County. The bear was trapped on the farm of Warren County resident Tom Kemper who first learned the bear was hanging out on his property about nine days ago when a man who cuts the hay on his […]

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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 […]