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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.


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    St. Louis Premium Outlets earns ‘Storm Ready’ designation

    CHESTERFIELD, MO (KTVI) – St. Louis Premium Outlets center in Chesterfield is the area’s newest Storm Ready location. The outlet is one of more than 200 owned by parent company Simon Property Group that have all now been designated as Storm Ready by the National Weather Service. You need only look back to the historic Joplin tornado of 2011 to be reminded that shopping centers and department stores can be some of the most dangerous places during severe weather. However, […]

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    Smoke from Calhoun County fire can be seen for miles

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – The FOX 2 newsroom received many calls Monday afternoon about smoke plumes that could be seen north of St. Louis.  The smoke is from a controlled burn of a wheat field in Calhoun County, IL. Due to the direction that smoke was coming from, some residents were concerned that the smoke was coming from a fire at the Bridgeton landfill.  There has been an underground fire at that landfill for some time. The Bridgeton landfill is adjacent to the […]

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    Microburst downs trees in Creve Coeur Saturday afternoon

    CREVE COEUR, MO (KTVI) – Summer thunderstorms popped up in the afternoon heat and humidity.  A couple of these storms produced small down-rushing air bursts called microbursts.  These are often only in the 40 to 50 mph range.  However, the one that hit Creve Coeur this afternoon appears to have peaked between 60 and 70 mph. Most of the damage was in the Ladue Oaks Subdivision which is about a half mile west of I-270 off Ladue Road in Creve […]

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    St.Louisan living in Orlando responds to tragedy

    ORLANDO, FL. (KTVI)–Sports can seem rather insignificant in the midst of tragedy. It’s a reality St. Louis Native and Orlando City SC team administrator Erik Ustruck is experiencing first hand. “It’s devastating. It’s a devastating blow to the community as a whole but I think right now it’s important for us to unite and come together to show our support for the victims, their families and friends.” said Ustruck. Ustruck graduated from St. John Vianney High School in 2003 and […]

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    University of Central Florida holds vigil for victims of Orlando mass shooting

    ORLANDO, FL (KTVI) – Tuesday night a vigil was held the University of Central Florida in memory of the 49 victims that died in the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. The vigil was planned for outdoors, but Mother Nature wasn’t cooperating and the ceremony was moved indoors. But that lack of cooperation did nothing to take away from a very spirited event that featured speeches from campus leaders and community activists. The theme of the night was similar to […]

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    St. Louis man a victim of the Orlando mass shooting

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Among the 49 killed in Sunday morning’s mass shooting in Orlando was a man who recently had lived in St. Louis. The friends he left behind in St. Louis are still trying to cope with the idea that they will never see him again. Students will be holding a vigil at Harris Stowe State University to show their solidarity with the people of Orlando. Wednesday night, just a few blocks from here, there will be […]

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    ‘Orlando strong’: Wounded city bands together against hate

    ORLANDO, Florida — Jason Primar and his brother were on their way to the Pulse nightclub early Sunday when they hit a police roadblock. The officers who had cordoned off the street leading to the popular gay dance bar told Primar to turn around. They gave no explanation. Then he heard the gunfire. Knowing his friends Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado and Leroy Valentin Fernandez were inside, Primar parked around the corner, where he and his brother stayed until about 7 […]

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    Friends, family honor those killed in Orlando shooting

    ORLANDO, FL (KTVI)- The sun is rising on the third full day after this weekend’s terror attack in Orlando. The community is moving from the initial shock to more profound grief. This morning we’re learning more about the victims in the Orlando shooting massacre, including 29-year-old Antonio Davon Brown, an army veteran who was killed in the attack. Friends say he had recently moved to Orlando from St. Louis. We reached out to one of his close friends yesterday but […]

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    Thousands gather in Orlando to remember Pulse shooting victims

    ORLANDO, FL (KTVI) – Thousands of people gathered in Orlando Florida Monday night to remember the 49 victims killed in yesterday’s deadly massacre. Tonight we are learning the gunman was reportedly a regular at the gay bar that is now the scene of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Residents tonight held a vigil in support the victims of this tragedy. For a community that has no doubt been vulnerable over the last 36 hours, tonight’s vigil on […]

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    Orlando nightclub terror attack: What we know

    Here’s the latest about the Orlando terror attack: Investigation Authorities are looking into possible self-radicalization, into the shooter’s electronic devices for any suspicious activity and trying to put together a timeline of his movement. 911 call: Omar Mateen, the Orlando nightclub shooter called 911 20 minutes into the attack to pledge allegiance to ISIS and mentioned the Boston bombers, according to a U.S. official. FBI investigation: The FBI interviewed the shooter in 2013 and 2014, FBI Assistant Special Agent in […]

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    50 killed in Florida nightclub, shooter pledged ISIS allegiance

    ORLANDO, Florida — An American-born man who’d pledged allegiance to ISIS gunned down 50 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando — the deadliest mass shooting in the United States and the nation’s worst terror attack since 9/11, authorities said Sunday. The gunman was Omar Mateen of Fort Pierce, Florida, a law enforcement source told CNN. Mateen called 911 around the time of the attack to pledge allegiance to ISIS and mentioned the Boston bombers, according to a U.S. official. […]

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    Marine walks to bring awareness to suicide among military service members

    MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO (KTVI)- Marine Corps Reservist Brandon Fenton was pounding the pavement at Creve Coeur Park on Sunday. He walked miles this weekend carrying a 22 pound backpack adorned with the American flag. He’s doing it to bring attention and awareness to suicides in the military. Fenton lost a military friend due to suicide. FOX 2’s Chris Higgins walked with Fenton for a while. On Facebook, Higgins wrote: I had one of the most amazing experiences this afternoon that reminded […]