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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.

Recent Articles
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    Monday storms bring heavy rain, tornado and wind damage

    ST. CLAIR COUNTY, IL (KTVI)-Severe thunderstorms Monday afternoon brought heavy rain, damaging wind gusts, and the threat of tornado’s to the St. Louis region. The most damage was done in St. Clair County, IL, between the eastern edge of Belleville and the town of Freeburg. A tornado touched down along State Route 13/15, not far from the Eckert’s Country Store and Farm. Home and tree damage was numerous in the area. Farther east, one barn collapsed and another barn lost […]


    Severe weather in Monday’s forecast

    The potential for severe weather is in the forecast for Monday.  Thunderstorms may hit the area from midday into the early evening. Expect scattered storms in the morning with the stronger storms rapidly zipping into the metro area during the afternoon.  High winds and even a tornado or two will be possible.  Temperatures will warm into the middle 70s with gusty southeast winds of 20-30 mph.

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    Picture: Labor Day lightning strikes captured in amazing photo collage

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Monday night’s storms produced a spectacular lightning show along with heavy rain, high winds and one tornado near House Springs. A blogger named Blake sent this picture to FOX 2 meteorologist Chris Higgins. He says this image is made of three 30 second exposures. The pictures are layered over each other in Photoshop. A filter is applied so all the lightning bolts show through. It’s basically a capture of 90 seconds worth of lightning strikes. […]

  • Historic Southern Illinois church struck by lightning

    HOYLETON, IL (KTVI)– An historic church in Southern Illinois was struck down by Mother Nature overnight and it`s not the first time. The Zion United Church of Christ dates back to the 1800s. The pastor says they believe it was lightning that struck during Wednesday night’s storm causing a fire to smolder in the rafters for several hours before erupting into a terrifying inferno. L.D. Kretzer was on his way home from a late night of work when he saw […]

  • Large trees toppled by storm in University City

    UNIVERSITY CITY, MO (KTVI) – The stormy weather slowed the drive home and some people even arrived home to find some major damage. FOX 2 Meteorologist Chris Higgins was out in the Honda Storm Pilot all day and he found lots of tree damage done in the area around Stratford Avenue in University City.

  • Pop-up storms roll through St. Louis area

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Wednesday ninety plus degrees and high humidity are causing pop-up storms in the FOX2 viewing area. Storms are mostly forming south of I-64 drifting west to downtown St. Louis. Some of these storms maybe intense and seem like tropical rainstorms for the amount rainfall that will occur. The storms are expected to be over with around 9 pm. Thursday may see more brief intense pop-up storms after 2 pm. Check the latest radar image here. Grab […]

  • Summer boating safety tips

    MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO (KTVI) – Big crowds are expected on area lakes and rivers this holiday weekend due in large part to the recent hot weather. With larger than normal crowds comes a greater than normal risk of problems.  Water safety expert Joel Rauch with Stateamind Water Sports teaches numerous water safety courses every summer.  He wants everyone to have a good time this weekend but offers these suggestions to make sure everyone stays safe. First and foremost, keep good […]

  • Heat wave causing problems for people, schools and infrastructure

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – As the savage heat wave continues into its sixth day, the St. Louis area finally topped out at the century mark Monday sending the heat index well past 100 degrees. It`s not just the hot weather during the day, it`s the overnight lows which in metro St. Louis have not been that low at all,  only falling to near 80 degrees the past few nights. Now, as the effects of the heat start to accumulate over […]

  • Mayor Slay and Chief Sam Dotson address police shooting in North St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Both Mayor Slay and Chief Dotson are speaking about Tuesday’s city police shooting of the man with the knife. FOX 2’s Chris Higgins has the latest with what they said from St. Louis City Police Headquarters. Related:  St. Louis City police shoot, kill knife-wielding suspect

  • Map of troubled area in Ferguson

    FERGUSON, MO (KTVI) – We are now more than a week into this Crisis in Ferguson and many people have asked to see a map of the region impacted to give this crisis some perspective. The first point of interest is the police command center – located at the southeast corner of West Florissant and Lucas and Hunt roads in a large shopping center there. The Ferguson Market, where Michael Brown is accused of stealing cigarettes is several blocks further […]

  • Pet Of The Week- Mable

    (KTVI) – Mable is this week’s Pet of the Week.  She is 1 1/2-year-old Hound mix.  Mable is full of energy and well behaved. She loves being outdoors and is ready for a forever home. Here’s the information you need to adopt Mable: Metro East Humane Society 8495 State Route 143 Edwardsville, IL 62025 Phone: (618) 656-4405 Fax: (618) 659-1613 E-mail: info@mehs.org mehs.org Is your pet lost? Try looking at stllostpets.org

  • Police step up patrols before Cards game for protests in St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – This will not be the first time that Busch Stadium has been in the spotlight during times of crisis.   Who can forget the emotional poem written and recited by Jack Buck  that first game here after the 9-11 attacks.  Baseball helped people move forward. That said, the Cardinals and St. Louis City police are very aware that tensions remain high across town because of the crisis in Ferguson. While they not expect problems they are […]