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.