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
  • Solar eclipse viewing forecast for St. Louis

    Well, the big day is finally here! As expected, a massive storm complex developed overnight over Iowa and is spreading a large canopy of high clouds southeast into northern Missouri and central Illinois early this morning. An outflow boundary generated by rain cooled air is dropping southeast out of Iowa into northern Missouri and may ultimately make it to about I-70 by midday. Some spotty thunderstorms may develop along and north of this boundary this morning…but nothing widespread. In addition, […]

  • International Space Station flies over St. Louis

    MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO – If you’re a fan of the space program, then Monday was special treat for St. Louisans.  The International Space Station flew over the Metro Area this evening and Meteorologist Chris Higgins captured it on video.

  • National Weather Service looks to overhaul tornado and severe thunderstorm warnings

    NORMAN, OK – The National Weather Service is looking at ways to modernize how they warn the public about dangerous weather situations that could lead to a major overhaul of the tornado and severe thunderstorm warnings with which we are all familiar. For three weeks this spring, a select group of forecasters, broadcasters, emergency managers and social scientists gathered at the National Severe Storms Laboratory in Norman, Oklahoma to test drive some of the new systems and procedures under consideration. […]

  • Severe weather likely Saturday evening across St. Louis area

    ST. LOUIS – A complex of severe storms dropping out of Nebraska late Friday evening will largely miss the Fox 2/KPLR 11 viewing area to the west. We will see a spray of some clouds and maybe a fading thundershower late Friday night into early Saturday morning. After the morning, spot thundershowers; much of Saturday will be rain free, but hot and humid. That will change Saturday evening. Sometime between 6 p.m. and midnight, a fast moving line of severe […]

  • SLU researchers looking to the past to solve forecast mysteries of the future

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Researchers at Saint Louis University are developing a new tool to help weather forecasters make better forecasts of major, high impact severe weather events, perhaps days in advance, with greater confidence than ever before. The team at SLU using computers to look back at past weather patterns over the past 30 years and then look for similarities with weather patterns that are forecast over the next six to 10 days. They are using these historical analogs […]

  • Severe weather may brush by St. Louis on northern path

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Our weather pattern takes a step towards unsettled Wednesday as the first in a series of weather systems grazes the St. Louis area. It is on track from Kansas into Iowa this afternoon. The heart of this system will pass well north of St. Louis. The greatest potential for severe storms (wind, hail and tornado threat) from far northern Missouri up into Iowa. Most of the viewing area will see little more than an uptick […]

  • More than 2 months of rain in St. Louis over a week

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – This incredible stretch of wet weather continues into early Thursday night. Rainfall totals for this system will easily reach the 2-4″ range across the entire region. So far from St. Louis to the north and west have already received 1-3″ of rain. The focus for heavy rain will be shifting slowly southeast through the day and then tapering off Thursday evening. St. Louis has reported 9.01″ of rain in the seven day period going back […]

  • Flood recovery starting in Union as Bourbeuse River begins receding

    UNION, MO (KPLR) – As rain falls over the St. Louis area, anxieties over flooding in Jefferson and West St. Louis County remain high.  In Union Missouri signs of relief are starting to appear after the Bourbeuse River started to recede. Clean-up has started at some businesses along the river after flood water receded from Dickey Bub. Access to Union has eased also as Highway 47 has reopened between Union and Washington Missouri although with Highway 50 being reopened.  However, […]

  • Flash Flood Watch in effect for St. Louis area through Thursday

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for the entire viewing area for Wednesday through Thursday. A slow moving system is taking shape with rain developing Wednesday morning and continuing, almost non-stop through at least mid-day Thursday. All indications are that 2-4″ of rain are likely across the entire region. It is possible a couple of isolated locations may see totals exceed 4″ – but those should be the exception, not the rule. This heavy […]

  • Rising Meramec river closing I-55, Lemay Ferry and Telegraph

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – The Missouri Department of Transportation will be closing I-55, Lemay Ferry and Telegraph road after midnight Tuesday. “You will need to decide what side of the river you will be on tonight. You will not be able to get back and forth,” said District Engineer Greg Horn. MoDOT says that will also have to close 21 at Tesson Ferry and Route 141 at the Romaine Creek Tuesday afternoon. MoDOT closed I-44 between I-270 and Grays […]

  • Rising Meramec River closing I-55, Lemay Ferry and Telegraph

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – The Missouri Department of Transportation will be closing I-55, Lemay Ferry and Telegraph road after midnight Tuesday. “You will need to decide what side of the river you will be on tonight. You will not be able to get back and forth,” said District Engineer Greg Horn. MoDOT says that will also have to close 21 at Tesson Ferry and Route 141 at the Romaine Creek Tuesday afternoon. MoDOT closed I-44 between I-270 and Grays […]

  • Rain in the forecast Wednesday and Thursday; may prolong floods

    ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – There will be plenty of sunshine Tuesday. The temperatures will be warmer, but windy. Highs are forecast to be in the upper 60s. Rain is in the forecast Wednesday and Thursday. That is not welcome news for those dealing with rising flood water. There will be a moderate rain event Wednesday and Thursday should bring 1-2 inches of rain to the area. There will be no thunderstorms, all rain. The small streams and creeks will come […]