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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
  • SAFB to play host to military aircraft being evacuated ahead of Hurricane Florence

    SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, IL – As the military is working to move many of the naval ships, and aircraft out of harm’s way. Scott Air Force Base will play host to 20 C-17’s that will be evacuated from Charleston, South Carolina ahead of Hurricane Florence.

  • Gordon expected to bring a very wet weekend to St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS, MO — The dry weather of the past few days will come to a fast end starting Thursday as the moisture associated with Tropical Storm Gordon surges north into the region. One of our more reliable long-range forecast models is predicting from 2″ to 5″ of rain across the entire region starting Thursday and ending Sunday morning. These numbers look very reasonable considering how much moisture is already available. There will be a few scattered storms around Thursday but […]

  • Meteorologist meeting in St. Louis staying inside to beat the heat, like everyone else

    ST. LOUIS – It figures this heat would roll into to town at the very same time as one of the largest gatherings of meteorologists in the country is taking place in St. Louis. The conference is being held at the Marriott Grand Hotel in downtown for the National Weather Association’s annual meeting. And because of the heat, all of the meteorologists are hanging out inside in the air conditioning. By this time in the season, most of us have adjusted […]

  • 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, […]

  • 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. […]

  • De Smet Jesuit students ready for hurricane relief in Puerto Rico

    CREVE COEUR, Mo. – The official death toll in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria stands at 55, although some officials say privately it may be as much as nine times higher. Those numbers reflect a still very difficult situation on the ground in the U.S. territory, which is why a group of students from De Smet Jesuit High School are trading in a week of work in the classroom for a week of hard labor in Puerto Rico. Ten students […]

  • Holiday lights display in O’Fallon MO

    O’FALLON, MO –  The St Charles Nissan Storm Runner at another gem of a holiday light display.  The Celebration of Lights at Fort Zumwalt Park is said to be the largest in St. Charles County with well over 1 million lights. But it is the custom scenes built by local not for profits that set this place apart and definitely make it worth a visit. Check out their website for hours of operation and prices.    

  • Visiting Santa’s Magical Kingdom

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – Another of the major area Christmas light displays opened for the season Friday, as Jellystone Park in Eureka has been transformed into Santa’s Magical Kingdom. This display is considered by many to be one of the best in region, because of both the number and density of the lights. More than four million twinkling lights are mixed through countless holiday displays that stretch over the roughly mile-long stretch of trail. You can drive the trail in […]

  • Gateway Motorsports Park kicks off its inaugural holiday light experience

    MADISON, Ill. – Gateway Motorsports Park kicks off its inaugural holiday light experience Friday evening at sunset. “The Magic of Lights” will bring families into the Christmas spirit as they drive through lights in the unique surroundings of Gateway Motorsports Park. The family-friendly holiday display will be open daily from dusk to 10 p.m. Prices range from $20 and up depending on the size of the car. A portion of the proceeds raised will go to Blues for Kids, the St. […]