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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    Holiday travel up at Lambert Airport

    LAMBERT AIRPORT (KTVI) – “It has been the best Thanksgiving we’ve seen in a long time.”  That good news shared by Lambert Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Neibruegge late this afternoon.  Steady crowds and good weather all across the region have made this one of the most uneventful holiday travel days in memory. At Lambert, Hamm-Neibruegge says loads are up 3 to 4 percent over this time last year.  The airport is running at max capacity today and near max capacity over the […]

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    More people turning to the pros for holiday lights

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – For many families, it is a tradition of the holiday season: dragging out, testing and hanging those many strands of holiday lights. But for a growing number of people, the hassle has become too much.  There are just too many other things going on this time of year to spend time untangling those twinklers or fastening the flashers.  They have called in the professionals! At Rottler Pest and Lawn Solutions, they saw the writing on the wall more […]

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    First snowflakes of the season move through St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- A strong early season winter storm is passing through the Bi-State region Saturday. As expected, it is bringing heavy snow to Iowa and northern Illinois. The St. Louis region saw rain overnight thanks to temperatures in the 40°s, but the strong cold front associated with the storm has brought a sharp drop in temperatures and that rain is changing over to snow. Cold rain/snow mix in Maryland Heights now. Temperature down to 36° with strong NW wind. #stlwx @FOX2now pic.twitter.com/4X5lWruY06 — Angela Hutti […]

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    University of Missouri installs new Doppler radar in Columbia

    COLUMBIA, MO (KTVI) – The people of central Missouri finally have much-needed help scanning their skies for dangerous weather.  Earlier this month a new Doppler weather radar went online at the University of Missouri as part of a $20 million research project. Dr. Patrick Market, chair of the University of Missouri’s Atmospheric Sciences department says the new radar will have far-reaching effects.  “The focus areas are climate, cyber infrastructure and computers, education, plant sciences and community.” It is the communities […]

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    Stress factors causing tree die off in Missouri

    (KTVI) – For a growing number of Missouri trees, this year’s fall leaf drop will be their last. Mark Grueber of the Missouri Department of Conservation says, “We’ve had some stressful weather conditions over the past few years and along with those stressful weather conditions you get insects and disease that are opportunistic.” And there have been plenty opportunities the past few years. Multiple ice storms, hail storms and damaging wind events along with extreme heat, drought and cold have […]

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    Heavy rain expected through Wednesday; flash flooding possible

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – A soaking rain Monday was the first of several rounds of rain and thunderstorms that will hit the St. Louis region through Wednesday. A second round of heavy rain and perhaps some thunderstorms will move in overnight. Rain will be quite heavy at times and will pose the first real concern for flash flooding of this multi-wave event. Thunderstorms with heavy rain will continue Tuesday morning for a while before moving off to the northeast. There should be […]

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    Turning waste from pig farms into natural gas

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Roeslein Alternative Energy of St. Louis is teaming up with Smithfield Foods in what is considered to be one of the largest anaerobic digestion programs in the United States. They are turning pig poop into power. Smithfield Foods operates 9 hog finishing farms in northern Missouri and on those farms they house some 2 million hogs that produce large volumes of manure. That manure is stored in 88 “poo lagoons” where it decomposes. That old process […]

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    Severe weather threat for Wednesday afternoon & evening

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – A powerful fall storm is spinning together in the central plains and will lift northeast into Iowa later this afternoon. The trailing cold front will sweep east rapidly late today into this evening bringing with it an incredibly fast moving band of thunderstorms. This band does not look like a solid line, but more like a dotted line….with gaps between storms. Essentially a broken band of isolated strong to severe storms…which means quite a few […]

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    Last passenger on the Miracle on the Hudson lends support to the Red Cross

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – The last man to escape U.S. Air Flight 1549 was in St. Louis Wednesday night to raise money for the St. Louis Chapter of the Red Cross.  I spoke exclusively with Dave Sanderson before Wednesday night’s fundraiser in St. Louis County. “I heard an explosion.  I’d never heard anything on a plane like that before,” said Sanderson who was not even supposed to be on that flight.  He had finished a business trip early and switched […]

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    Deer-car collisions on the rise

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Your odds of running into a deer on the roads are at their highest right now. The combined effects of mating season and cooling temperatures make the deer more active in the three months of October, November and December. In the past several weeks, there has been a dramatic increase in the number or dead dear along interstates in the St. Louis area. According to State Farm, in any given year there is a 1-in-169 chance […]

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    Ameren Missouri’s Energy Assistance Workshop

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Ameren Missouri made two big announcements today at their annual Energy Assistance Workshop.  The workshop brings together several dozen agencies from across Missouri to review energy assistance policies and programs while sharing best practices for helping the people in their local areas. The first big announcement of the day came with the presentation of a check for $150,000 to the Dollar More program that assists families with their home energy costs. Ameren works in conjunction with […]

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    Local pilots applaud call for more drone regulation

    ST. CHARLES COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has announced that the FAA will take steps to get a better idea who owns drones and who is flying them. At a Monday news conference, Foxx announced a Federal task force will be assembled to include members of the government as well as representatives from both the manned and unmanned aviation industries. Their goal is to determin how to register unmanned drones and track their pilots. Dennis Bampton, owner of […]