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
  • 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 […]

  • Officials hoping they won’t have to close I-55 because of flooding

    JEFFERSON COUNTY, MO (KPLR) – MoDOT and officials are keeping a watchful eye on I-55, hoping they won’t have to repeat closing the vital interstate as they did in 2015 due to flooding on the Meramec River. As of now the river must rise a good 15 feet before it could threaten the road. But the fear is that with the Meramec still rising and rain in the forecast, everyone is keeping their fingers crossed.

  • 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 […]