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 and now work as lead forecaster for Fox 2 News at 11pm (Monday-Friday).

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. In 2013, while serving on the Storm Prediction Center back-up team, I authored the first civilian Tornado Watch ever issued by the United States Air Force.

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
  • International Space Station flies over St. Louis

    MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO – If you’re a fan of the space program, then Monday was special treat for St. Louisans.  The International Space Station flew over the Metro Area this evening and Meteorologist Chris Higgins captured it on video.

  • National Weather Service looks to overhaul tornado and severe thunderstorm warnings

    NORMAN, OK – The National Weather Service is looking at ways to modernize how they warn the public about dangerous weather situations that could lead to a major overhaul of the tornado and severe thunderstorm warnings with which we are all familiar. For three weeks this spring, a select group of forecasters, broadcasters, emergency managers and social scientists gathered at the National Severe Storms Laboratory in Norman, Oklahoma to test drive some of the new systems and procedures under consideration. […]

  • Forecast: Thunderstorms to sweep through St. Louis Friday

    ST. LOUIS —  Two areas of rain are impacting the area. The remnants of Cindy are skimming our far southeastern counties, with that rain moving northeast. The second area of rain is associated with a cold front over northern Missouri that is surging southeast. This is the batch of rain that will quickly sweep across the region this morning bringing a fast round of downpours with some embedded thunder. Nothing is expected to be severe. The rain will be in […]

  • Severe weather likely Saturday evening across St. Louis area

    ST. LOUIS – A complex of severe storms dropping out of Nebraska late Friday evening will largely miss the Fox 2/KPLR 11 viewing area to the west. We will see a spray of some clouds and maybe a fading thundershower late Friday night into early Saturday morning. After the morning, spot thundershowers; much of Saturday will be rain free, but hot and humid. That will change Saturday evening. Sometime between 6 p.m. and midnight, a fast moving line of severe […]

  • Scattered thunderstorms may bring severe weather to St. Louis Wednesday

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – A very warm and humid Wednesday morning will give way to another hot and humid day. The difference is that there is a much better chance of seeing at least a couple of thunderstorms later in the day. A small rogue storm or two will be possible late Wednesday morning, just about anywhere; the better chance will come with the disturbance that migrated from Kansas into Missouri. New storms should organize in scattered, small clusters around […]

  • Sunday showers possible, but severe weather not expected

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – The strong storms Saturday produced extensive wind damage, with hurricane force winds common from Rolla to Potosi, as well as Farmington and points south. The storms themselves have cleared the region to the south with just remaining clouds and spot showers Saturday evening. The front will not clear the entire area until Sunday afternoon, so for that reason I do have to keep a chance for a couple of showers in the forecast southeast of St. […]

  • Severe weather threat for Saturday

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – The latest weather data continues to point to the potential for some significant severe weather late Saturday afternoon into Saturday night. Warm and humid air is streaming north into the region this evening and that flow will persist through Saturday, creating an extremely unstable atmosphere by Saturday afternoon for areas along and south of I-70. Much of Saturday will be dry, through at least 3 p.m., so plan outdoor activities accordingly. However, after 3 p.m., storms will […]

  • Scattered showers in Tuesday’s forecast

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Unsettled weather takes control through Wednesday. Today, scattered showers will be spreading east across the area this morning and continuing into this afternoon. There will be a lot of dry time between the showers, although the chance for rain will persist all day. This afternoon, a thunderstorms or two is possible as well. There should be lots of dry time despite the showers. Temperatures will hold in the 60’s to near 70 this afternoon.

  • SLU researchers looking to the past to solve forecast mysteries of the future

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Researchers at Saint Louis University are developing a new tool to help weather forecasters make better forecasts of major, high impact severe weather events, perhaps days in advance, with greater confidence than ever before. The team at SLU using computers to look back at past weather patterns over the past 30 years and then look for similarities with weather patterns that are forecast over the next six to 10 days. They are using these historical analogs […]

  • Severe weather may brush by St. Louis on northern path

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Our weather pattern takes a step towards unsettled Wednesday as the first in a series of weather systems grazes the St. Louis area. It is on track from Kansas into Iowa this afternoon. The heart of this system will pass well north of St. Louis. The greatest potential for severe storms (wind, hail and tornado threat) from far northern Missouri up into Iowa. Most of the viewing area will see little more than an uptick […]

  • School garden teaching lessons to St. Louis students

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – They are taking the classroom outdoors at Dewey School in West St. Louis. It is part of a project that aims to educate city kids on their urban environment, particularly the benefits of urban gardening on both health and climate. “The principles they learn in their science class and their biology class and their health class connect. So whether you’re talking academically or talking health and life style, the garden is a fabulous classroom,” says […]

  • Carlyle Lake boaters urged to use caution during high waters

    CARLYLE, IL (KTVI)- The weather has improved, but the flooding continues in both Missouri and Illinois. The Army Corps of Engineers reports that Carlyle Lake is expected to crest next Thursday about 11 feet over normal summer pool at 456.0 feet. Some campgrounds are closed. The Corps has opened the dam’s floodgates to keep the water moving but it also working to minimize impacts to downstream communities. The West Access Marina is sandbagging to protect their clubhouse, but they do expect […]