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
  • Check the radar: Rainy weather in the forecast

    ST. LOUIS, MO — The chance for rain will be highest through mid-afternoon Wednesday. Moderate to heavy rain continues southeast of I-44, crossing the Mississippi river into Southwest Illinois. The constant rain will transition to more of a scattered pattern by midday and then to spot showers by evening. I think the Cardinals will play tonight. Thus far, radar indicates the heaviest rain has been just south of St. Louis with radar estimates of 1 to 2 inches common and […]

  • Severe weather alerts issued ahead of Table Rock Lake boat accident

    ST. LOUIS – After damaging thunderstorms and tornadoes, people often say “it came without warning,” but nothing could be further from the truth regarding the storms that hit Branson and the Table Rock Lake area Thursday evening. Those storms started in Kansas Thursday morning, producing high winds and large hail. It was clear early on where those storms were going and that they could remain very strong. At 11:20 a.m., a Severe Thunderstorm Watch was issued for all of southwest […]

  • Potential for severe weather Thursday

    ST. LOUIS, MO — After two amazing July days we are set to flip the switch on stormy weather. This is not a clear-cut set-up at all the next two days. A good deal of our viewers may see little if any rain from this set-up as the storm coverage is expected to be somewhat limited. However, there is an unusual amount of wind energy in the atmosphere for July and that could lead to some strong, although somewhat isolated, […]

  • Potent storm threatens area with high winds and hail

    ST. LOUIS, MO — A line of potent storms capable of 60 to 80 mph winds and golf ball sized hail continues to turn southeast and head down the Mississippi River. This is a dangerous line of storms with a history of extensive wind damage across Iowa. This fast moving complex of storms should blow across the viewing area between 4:00pm and 8:00pm Thursday. The region of greatest concern will be the counties immediately along the Mississippi River and adjacent […]

  • Severe weather likely Thursday afternoon and evening

    ST. LOUIS, MO — A wicked storm complex that started in Kansas and Oklahoma is now weakening as it outruns its reservoir of unstable air on its march across Missouri. There is still more than enough energy left to maintain the dying storms through mid to late morning. The decaying wave of storms will affect the region Thursday morning with a break in activity early this afternoon. A second wave will ramp up after 3pm with new storms likely along […]

  • Severe weather possible late Wednesday and Thursday

    ST. LOUIS, MO — A very warm and windy day is on tap for Wednesday. There is a very slight chance for a few small pop-up thundershowers north of I-70 around midday, but otherwise it is warm, windy and dry during the day! The first of several waves of potentially strong to severe storms are forecast to sweep across the region late Wednesday night into the pre-dawn hours Thursday. That wave may be followed by as many as two more […]

  • Severe weather possible Friday evening

    ST. LOUIS, MO — A windy and warm day with moisture surging north into the region. As mentioned yesterday, the arrival of the higher humidity would be accompanied by more clouds and even a few brief showers. Those showers dot the radar at 11:05 AM… with the only “heavy shower” currently over northern Lincoln County and far southeast Pike County. This is zipping along to the northeast…with other much smaller and lighter showers scattered elsewhere. So as previously forecast… not […]

  • Severe weather likely Monday night and Tuesday southeast of St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS, MO — A wintry day in St. Louis Monday, cloudy and cold. But we’ll see a dramatic change Monday night as Spring returns for a short visit. It’s all thanks to a warm front that will lift through the region tonight, bringing a surge of warmer air and the potential for severe thunderstorms, especially after Midnight. The main risk will be large hail. While not for everyone, the chance will exist through most of the FOX 2 viewing area. […]

  • Several days of heavy rain may lead to St. Louis area flooding

    ST. LOUIS, MO — Rain is heading into the viewing area from the west and south. A couple of these storms will be capable of producing some hail. The bigger story is that this is the first of several rounds of rain and thunderstorms that will bring excessive rain to the region through late Tuesday night. All signals still point to a 2-4″ rain event with some spots getting up to 5″. The heaviest rain coming right up I-44 into […]

  • Scott Air Force Base crews complete special medical transportation training

    SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE – Medical airmen at Scott Air Force base recently completed specialized patient staging training.  Patient staging teams serve as the interface between battlefield hospitals and the aeromedical system which transports the wounded or injured back to a major hospital for more acute care. Teams practiced the physical handoff of patients as well as their critical information.  They practiced the marshaling of emergency vehicles, radio protocols and even went so far as to train while wearing bulky […]

  • Cheers to Heroes winning beer now available at AB Biergarten

    ST. LOUIS – Anheuser-Busch is continuing to honor veterans and first responders through their “Cheers to the Heroes” brewing competition.  Back in the Fall, six teams of employee/veterans along with a couple of first responder teams faced off in a brewing competition to see who could make the best beer. The teams each spent a day working in the Star Shop Brewery at A-B, working with a master brewer to come up with their selection.  The winning beer was brewed […]

  • Freezing drizzle a possibility this weekend, light snow accumulation

    The mild temperatures were nice while they lasted, but poof, they’re gone. The cold air is here for the weekend and now we wait for a limited supply of moisture to get pushed up from the south and generate some very light wintry precipitation at times Saturday into Sunday. This is a small, weak weather system, but it could still create some impacts–particularly Saturday night–due to a little bit of a light mix of sleet, freezing drizzle, and some snow. […]