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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 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
  • Heavy rain, severe storms to highlight Wednesday’s weather

    A weakening band of showers and thunderstorms will roll through the area near or just before sunrise. These storms will be capable of some gusty winds, brief downpours and lightning. However, they will also be fading/weakening as they move through so severe weather is not a big concern with the morning activity. However, new storms will start to ramp up along and southeast of I-44 in Missouri, up into the metro St. Louis area by early afternoon and increase in coverage […]

  • Scattered storms to sweep through St. Louis Monday

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – The warm weather from the weekend rolls on into Monday as the wait is on for a cool front. Ahead of this system, southerly winds remain breezy, clouds increase, and spots storms roll in for the morning. Most are dry until the afternoon and evening when scattered thunderstorms develop through the bi-state, especially around Metro St. Louis into southern Illinois. Scattered strong storms are lifting northeast through the western viewing area. These storms will affect […]

  • Cardinals Opening Day forecast

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Happy Opening Day! It will be cloudy most of today with a few small breaks of sunshine, but those will be few and far between. There is a weak weather system spreading non-severe showers and storms across much of western Missouri Sunday morning. This activity will weaken and fade as it lifts northeast after 9am, leaving only a few quick showers from mid to late morning for areas northwest of St. Louis. At this point, it looks […]

  • Severe weather sweeps through St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – A wave of storms swept through St. Louis Thursday afternoon. Small hail, heavy rain, and strong wind gusts hit the area as the clouds reached the Mississippi river. The greatest potential for severe weather will be as the storms move across southern Illinois. This is where wind, hail, and tornadoes will be possible in the strongest storms. See the current weather radar here. Check the latest weather conditions here:  FOX2Now.com/Weather

  • Severe weather potential tonight near Lake of the Ozarks

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – A slow moving weather system will spread thunderstorms across the region later Wednesday night. The greatest threat for severe weather will be south of St. Louis, generally in the region from the Lake of the Ozarks, over to Dent County, through Reynolds County, and over to Perry County. In this area, all elements of severe weather will be possible with the storms, including strong winds, large hail, and maybe a couple of tornadoes. North of those counties—up […]

  • Strong thunderstorms possible overnight, again Saturday afternoon

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- An approaching storm system will bring rain and thunderstorms to the St. Louis region overnight. Storms will arrive in Montgomery, Gasconade, and Phelps Counties on the western border of the FOX 2 viewing area after 8:00pm and then work their way eastward. A few storms could be strong to possibly severe with damaging wind gusts and hail, especially west of St. Louis. Thunderstorms will weaken considerably as they move east into southern Illinois after midnight. After a brief break in the active […]

  • Mix of rain, snow spreading over St. Louis region

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- A mix of rain and snow is spreading over the region early this morning. The darker green and yellow colors indicate where some larger flakes and heavier snow are falling. Some areas may see about one or 2 inches of slushy accumulation, although averages will be 1″ or less and mainly on elevated and grassy surfaces. Don’t rule out a little slush on the roads as well.

  • Rapidly developing storms meant no tornado siren in Wentzville Monday night

    WENTZVILLE, MO (KTVI)- The National Weather Service confirms that a tornado did the damage in Wentzville. Meteorologist Chris Higgins says they are inspecting the damage, and will have a determination on intensity later. Higgins says the damage appears to be in the EF1 range. A fast moving line of severe storms moved through our area overnight. The worst damage appears to be in the Wentzville area. Two people suffered minor injuries when the storms hit a mobile home park. The Wentzville […]

  • National Weather Service says tornado caused Wentzville storm damage

    WENTZVILLE, MO (KTVI)- The National Weather Service confirms that a tornado did the damage in Wentzville. Meteorologist Chris Higgins says they are inspecting the damage, and will have a determination on intensity later. Higgins says the damage appears to be in the EF1 range. A fast moving line of severe storms moved through our area overnight. The worst damage appears to be in the Wentzville area. Two people suffered minor injuries when the storms hit a mobile home park. The Wentzville […]

  • Weather service: At least 2 tornadoes hit Missouri

    NORMAN, Okla. (AP) _ The National Weather Service says at least two tornadoes have touched down in Missouri. Storm Prediction Center meteorologist Ryan Jewell says the first tornado was reported around 7:20 p.m. Monday near Platte City, about 20 miles north of Kansas City. Jewell says radar indications showed the twister continued northeast into Clinton County, toward the town of Lathrop, before it began to dissipate. A short time later, another tornado touched down east of Kansas City in Jackson […]

  • Severe thunderstorms possible late Monday night

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – A very windy and mild to warm day is on tap for the region. Temperatures will warm into the 60’s and lower 70’s, especially in Missouri where more sunshine is likely later this morning into Monday afternoon. That warming will help fuel thunderstorms which are expected to develop over western or northwestern Missouri early Monday evening and spread southeast towards St. Louis. They should spread across the viewing area between 10pm and 4am. This system […]

  • How the Perryville tornado started

    PERRYVILLE, MO (KTVI) – When the tornado tore through Perry County Tuesday night, Fox 2’s Chris Higgins was tracking the storm.  He was on the scene within minutes giving viewers a first look at the damage and offering aid to those in need. Tonight, after a wild 24 hours, Chris is back to explain how storm started and tracked into Missouri and Illinois. This storm is what is called a long track supercell thunderstorm. A supercell means it takes on […]