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
  • Severe thunderstorms possible late Monday night

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – A very windy and mild to warm day is on tap for the region. Temperatures will warm into the 60’s and lower 70’s, especially in Missouri where more sunshine is likely later this morning into Monday afternoon. That warming will help fuel thunderstorms which are expected to develop over western or northwestern Missouri early Monday evening and spread southeast towards St. Louis. They should spread across the viewing area between 10pm and 4am. This system […]

  • How the Perryville tornado started

    PERRYVILLE, MO (KPLR) – When the tornado tore through Perry County Tuesday night, Fox 2’s Chris Higgins was tracking the storm.  He was on the scene within minutes giving viewers a first look at the damage and offering aid to those in need. Tonight, after a wild 24 hours, Chris is back to explain how storm started and tracked into Missouri and Illinois. This storm is what is called a long track supercell thunderstorm. A supercell means it takes on […]

  • Daylight reveals extent of tornado damage near Perryville

    PERRYVILLE, MO (KPLR) – Meteorologist Chris Higgins was on the scene shortly after strong winds blew cars and trucks off I-55 near mile marker 135 at around 8 p.m. Tuesday. He is still in the area early Wednesday morning to survey the damage in the daylight. The severe storm left one person dead. The victim of the fatal crash during a tornado on I-55 has been identified as Travis M. Koenig, 24, from Perryville. According to Missouri State Highway Patrol, Koenig’s car […]

  • Tornado causes severe damage along I-55 in Perry County Missouri

    PERRY COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – Around 8 pm Tuesday night a tornado hit the northern part of Perry County Missouri.  Fox 2 Meteorologist Chris Higgins was at the scene when the tornado struck. The tornado caused significant damage in an area near Highway 51 & 61, I-55 around mile marker 133 and State Road N & Highway T.  Several vehicles were blown off roadways in the area.  Some vehicle thrown onto the interstate were cars from a salvage yard and […]

  • Stunning new tornado simulation may help meteorologists unlock their secrets

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – Weather experts are calling it the most realistic computer simulation of a tornado ever created.  Dr. Cathy Finely at Saint Louis University played a big role in making it happen. She is part of a team of meteorologists from around the country that are working together to bring this simulated tornado to life. “What we are trying to do is model supercell thunderstorms, which are the rotating thunderstorms that produce tornadoes and tornadoes at a very […]

  • USGS deploying high-tech tools to aid in flood forecasting

    HERMANN, MO (KPLR) – The Spring flood season will be here before you know it and the U.S. Geological Survey is gearing up to keep tabs on our area rivers. The USGS installs and maintains the vast majority of river gauges across the country.  This year they have a new tool.  They are installing webcams on some rivers to get a bird’s-eye view of what is going on down on the water below. USGS Supervising Hydrologist, Paul Rydlund, says the […]

  • FOX Files: The Blizzard of ‘82

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – The “Blizzard of ’82” is arguably the biggest missed forecast in our region’s weather history. The outlook that evening called for rain to change to snow with up to four inches accumulation possible.  But when the city awoke that Sunday morning, they found the heaviest snow in nearly 80 years. Twelve to twenty-four inches of snow buried much of St. Louis County, Downtown and the Metro East.  The region was paralyzed for days. Back then […]

  • Lightning strikes St. Louis County school gymnasium

    WARSON WOODS, MO (KPLR) – After a weekend spent under a threat of an ice storm, the wild winter season continued Monday with reported lightning strikes. Yes; lightning in January. First responders in St. Louis County were called to a lightning strike at a local church in Warson Woods late Monday afternoon. The incident occurred at Ste. Genevieve du Bois Catholic School on N. Woodlawn Avenue. It turns out the lightning didn’t hit the church, but rather the nearby gymnasium. […]

  • Forecast: Waves of icy weather to sweep through St. Louis through Sunday

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – It is a real challenge to keep the forecast for this winter storm event simple enough to understand, yet, with enough detail to satisfy the viewer’s desire for information and need alert the public. But, I will give it my best shot. Everything is pretty much on track with my previous forecasts for this event. Some key points: This is NOT an epic storm as some in the social media world have described it. This IS […]

  • Forecast: Friday’s freezing rain may glaze St. Louis in ice

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – To say this is a complex forecast would be an understatement. Temperatures hovering just below or very near freezing are key to this forecast, along with where and when the most substantial icing will occur. Please consult this map so you can get an idea of what I’m thinking for this event.  First, none of this is for Thursday. I don’t expect anything anywhere until early Friday morning. Let’s go by zones: Zone #1: They are the first to […]

  • Winter Storm Watch issued from Thursday night into Saturday afternoon

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch from late Thursday night into Saturday afternoon. A strong cold front is expected to sweep across the area early Thursday morning at around sunrise. This will making that the warmest part of the day. Behind the front temperatures will tumble back through the 30’s. We should reach the mid 20’s by early Friday morning. WINTER WEATHER EVENT UPDATE (Fri, Sat, Sun): There are still MANY […]

  • Hidden Valley starts making snow for the season

    EUREKA, MO (KPLR) – The first real blast of cold weather is hitting the St. Louis area Wednesday night.  Temperatures are expected to dip into the teens before the weekend and Fox 2’s Chris Higgins is in Eureka, at the Hidden Valley Ski Resort. Tonight, they turned on the snow making machines, so they can start putting down a base for the season.