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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    Widespread showers and non-severe storms expected Monday

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – It is back to work and school today for most of us, and the weather will be rather unsettled. A strong weather system to our north has generated a good wind field since last night leading to gusty south/southeast winds. Those winds will continue to rattle the area for most of today. Moisture is surging into the region and will result in widespread showers and non-severe thunderstorms through the day. Rainfall will be heavy in […]

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    Holiday travel moving smoothly at Lambert airport

    ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – The showers and quick downpours moving into our area Tuesday evening are not having any impact on flights leaving or arriving and we don`t expect there to be any big issues. All things considered this day-before the day-before Thanksgiving has been pretty smooth. In fact, the crowds have been steady but very manageable here at Lambert so far today.  Ticket lines are not that long and the arrival and departure boards show smooth flying in most […]

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    ‘The Way Of Lights’ glows at Our Lady of the Snows

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – The feel of the holiday season blew into the area Friday with gusty winds and colder temperatures. We will see the look of Christmas season as well at Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville where they just flipped the big switch. Crews have been working around the clock since september to build “The Way Of Lights.” It includes nearly 2 million bulbs. Come out to the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows […]

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    University of Missouri researchers prepare to study upcoming eclipse

    COLUMBIA, MO (KTVI) – It’s being called the ‘Great American Eclipse’ and we’ll have a front row seat here in Missouri. Researchers at the University of Missouri will sit squarely in the middle of the eclipse path, so they are getting ready to capitalize on their good fortune. They will deploy their vast arsenal of weather research assets to capture as much data as time will allow, says Bo Svoma, associate professor of atmospheric sciences. “At Mizzou we have three […]

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    State election offices very busy

    JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KTVI) – Ballots are rolling in and election judges across Missouri have been trying to keep them moving. Fox 2’s Chris Higgins is at the Secretary of State’s Office in Jefferson City with how things are going. At this point officials say the election is going smoothly and is very busy at election offices across the state.

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    Quake near Oklahoma oil hub prompts infrastructure concerns

    CUSHING, Okla. (AP) _ A 5.0-magnitude earthquake centered near one of the world’s key oil hubs has triggered fears the temblor may have damaged key infrastructure and rendered century-old downtown buildings unsafe in the latest Oklahoma town rattled by increasingly strong quakes. Cushing Assistant City Manager Jeremy Frazier told a late-night news conference that a few minor injuries were reported in the quake that struck at 7:44 p.m. Sunday. He said the damage appeared to be contained to downtown, where […]

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    Cold front brings batches of thunderstorms

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Clouds are increasing ahead of a cold front that is sweeping across Missouri at midday. With the front are scattered showers and a couple of small thundershowers. Severe weather is not expected, but scattered quick hitting showers will increase going through this afternoon and then diminish after 7pm. Outside of the showers, much of the afternoon will be dry in many areas and there may be a few spots that see little rain at all. […]

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    Explosions heard at farm-house fire in Maryland Heights

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – A farm-house is on fire in Maryland Heights.  The home is located near the intersection of Page and the Maryland Heights Expressway. The fire started at around 2:15pm and may have been the result of a lightning strike. There are about 15 fire units are at the scene. The fire department says that there was a person at the home at the time of the fire.   They encountered a lot of fire in the basement and […]

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    Severe Thunderstorm watch for area south of St. Louis until 8pm

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – There is a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for portions of the viewing area in Missouri until 8:00pm. The only real threat with this storm is some marginally severe hail, up to about 1″ in diameter. Scattered showers and few storms will develop from southwest to northeast Wednesday. Coverage of rainfall will increase as we move past midday into the afternoon. Still, it will not be raining all day. Instead, rain will come in intervals. The only […]

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    Open house at St. Louis Regional Airport to feature Ford Tri-Motor Airliner

    EAST ALTON, IL (KTVI) – This week the St. Louis Regional Airport in East Alton with host its annual open house.  The open house will run from September 22nd – 25th. This year’s open house will feature the Home Builder’s Association Fall Home Show, the Wings & Wheels Annual Car Show, radio controlled planes, and a 1929 Ford Tri-Motor Airliner.

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    Pilot rescued after plane crashes near Spirit of St. Louis Airport

    CHESTERFIELD, MO (KTVI) – Emergency services from law enforcement and surrounding fire departments rushed to Spirit of St. Louis Airport in Chesterfield, Missouri, Sunday night after a report of a plane down. The pilot was injured, but able to call for help.  Initially, first responders thought the pilot may have gone down on Howell Island in the Missouri River. But the plane’s emergency locator transponder was detected which helped direct the search back to airport property. The pilot and wreckage were eventually located 100 […]

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    Earthquake shakes southeast Missouri near New Madrid Fault

    POPLAR BLUFF, MO – Did you feel it this morning? Another earthquake struck Friday morning along the Mississippi River southeast of Poplar Bluff. The United States Geological Survey says it was a magnitude 3.5 and occurred at 8:45am.  That area is near the New Madrid Fault. It was weaker than the tremor that hit in Oklahoma a few days ago. A 5.6 magnitude earthquake struck Saturday morning near Pawnee, Oklahoma, and rattled through at least six surrounding states in the […]