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 then moved to the lead forecaster for Fox 2 News at 11pm (Monday-Friday) in 2014. Now you can wake up with my forecasts Monday-Friday on Fox 2 News in the Morning!

In October 2002, I was honored to receive my first of seven Emmy awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Science for weather forecasting 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. 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
  • Cooler temperatures seeping into St. Louis along with some showers

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. — The cold front is pressing through the area early this morning and this will likely be the warmest part of the day.  Expect more clouds than sun and a few quick showers this morning followed by increasing sunshine this afternoon.  Temperatures will hold nearly steady through the day in the upper 60s to lower 70s.  Skies will clear out tonight and it will be CHILLY!  Lows will dip into the 40s and low 50s. Friday will bring a mix of […]

  • Wet weekend probably won’t be a total washout for St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. — A new day, but pretty much the same weather. Pleasant out the door this morning with a touch of humidity and mostly clear skies. It heats up again under mostly sunny skies this afternoon with daytime temps topping off near 90 degrees. There is a very slight chance for a spot shower west and northwest of metro St. Louis late this afternoon. Tonight will bring a few clouds and temperatures dipping to near 70. degrees. Friday […]

  • The Labor Day weekend forecast may start with rain

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. — A slow-moving weather system will bring mostly cloudy skies the rest of today. There is a chance for showers and a few rumbles of thunder this afternoon into this evening. Temperatures will warm to near 80 by noon, then fall back into the 70s this afternoon. Showers and some thunder are likely this evening up through about midnight then we dry out. Saturday and Sunday will both be mostly cloudy with a risk of a stray […]

  • Another round of storms possible Monday evening

    ST. LOUIS – After some early morning rain and storms the weather settles down for the rest of Monday until new storms fire-up this evening.  Today will be warm and humid with a mix of clouds and sunshine. High temperatures will peak in the mid-80s.  Thunderstorms are likely Monday evening; a few strong storms are possible especially west of St. Louis.  Eventually, the rain ends after midnight and it will be turning cooler. Tonight’s low will dip to 72 with a partly sunny […]

  • Heavy rain to sweep from Iowa through Illinois and Missouri today

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. — A complex of severe storms is expected to drop southeast from Iowa this morning and turn southeast toward St. Louis.  Strong to severe storms are expected to sweep from northwest to southeast across the region between 10am and 2pm. The main threat will be strong wind gusts, followed up by heavy rain and a little bit of hail. Temperatures will warm to near 90 just ahead of the storms and then drop back into the low/mid […]

  • Lingering rain continues Tuesday morning, but clearing by afternoon

    ST. LOUIS – Rain and storms will continue through at least the first half of Tuesday morning rush hour before dropping southeast of metro St. Louis.  Heavy rain and gusty winds are likely with the stronger storm and some flash flooding cannot be ruled out. Rain will exit the entire region by mid-morning with partly sunny skies the rest of Tuesday. Temperatures will reach the upper 80s by late this afternoon.  Tonight will be dry and cooler with a low near 70. […]

  • Vehicles stuck in Granite City flash floodwaters

    GRANITE, CITY, Ill. – Between 5 and 8 inches of rain fell in two storm bursts Monday morning, with some of the heaviest rain centered over northwest Madison County. The rain came in two waves; the first just after 3 a.m., the other was during morning rush hour. Many intersections in Granite City were flooded with anywhere from 6 to 18 inches of rain. Numerous cars stalled in the high water. Granite City police posted a warning on its Facebook […]

  • Robust storms likely for St. Louis this afternoon

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. — The anticipated storms for this afternoon are starting to bubble up northwest of St. Louis. Robust storms are likely to form near St. Louis as the energy dives southeast. Storm coverage will be spotty to scattered (30 to 40% coverage at most) with any severe weather limited to gusty winds, and maybe some small hail. Most likely areas to see any stronger storms will be near metro St. Louis and points south/east into southern Illinois. Any […]

  • Rain in this week’s forecast for the St. Louis area

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. — The new week starts with mostly sunny skies and dry weather. Temperatures will warm to near-normal levels for early August up close to 90 by this afternoon with a light wind. Tonight, expect partly cloudy, mild and dry weather through midnight. Late tonight into Tuesday morning a cold front will begin to approach from the northwest and that will spark off a few late-night storms. Overnight lows will fall into the lower 70s. Tuesday will be […]

  • Remnants of Hurricane Barry bring more rain for St. Louis; heatwave to follow

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. — There are spotty downpours in today’s forecast but the weather should be more dry than wet. A heatwave with temperatures near 100° is likely later this week. An excessive heat watch will likely be upgraded toa warning later today for the rest of the week. We are still dealing with the leftovers from Hurricane Barry today. Expect more clouds than sunshine but any rain will be much more spotty in nature. Temperatures will warm into the […]

  • Dangerous heatwave to arrive after remnants of Hurricane Barry pass through St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Tropical rainfall from hurricane Barry will be lingering in the area through Tuesday. A dangerous heatwave should arrive later this week. The moisture from Tropical Storm Barry, now just a remnant spin of low pressure, will arrive in the St. Louis area Monday and Tuesday. Pockets of light to moderate rain will build north across most of the region this morning and continue into this afternoon. There will be very little sunshine today. As a result, […]

  • Severe thunderstorms roll through St. Louis Friday

    ST. LOUIS –  There will be some fast moving storms moving in late Friday morning until early afternoon.  A complex of storms is likely to track from northwest to southeast across the region. The most likely areas to be affected will be along and north of Interstate 70 in Missouri and Interstate 64 in Illinois, so roughly from metro STL to the north and northeast. The biggest concern with these storms will be strong winds and heavy rain.  Temperatures will […]

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