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13 fascinating facts about Megan Salois:
• I'm a St. Patrick's Day baby, born on March 17th!
• I can clog and play the piano, but not at the same time.
• I performed in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games Opening Ceremony. I was a part of the black ring when we formed the Olympic rings on the field.
• My dad was struck by lightning and survived.
• I love to cook! I try at least one new recipe a week. My husband, Chris, is my test subject.
• I am half French-Canadian which explains the last name. My great great great great great Grandfather left France and came to Canada to fight against the Americans in the French and Indian War. He was given a plot of land near Montreal and a French bride.
• My dad builds fighter jets, my middle sister is a science teacher, and my youngest sister is studying to be an astro-physicist. My mom brings us all down to Earth.
• My husband proposed to me at the Rockefeller Center Ice Skating Rink in New York City.
• My son, Nathan, is a long baby. He was 22.5" long at birth and remains in the 100th percentile in length for his age group.
• My first car was a light blue 1983 Honda Civic Wagon. I had a bumper sticker on it asking someone to "Please Steal This Car."
• I adopted my cat, Quincy, one month before his shelter burnt to the ground due to an electrical fire.
• I wanted to become a meteorologist because I was scared of thunderstorms as a child and teenager.
• My favorite things about living in Iowa are the corn, the Iowa Cubs, the weather (yes, even the snow), and the wonderful friends I've made.
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Meteorologist Megan Salois joined the Channel 13 First Alert Storm Team in April 2006. Megan has been granted her AMS Seal of Approval from the American Meteorological Society and is a member of the National Weather Association. You can see her on Channel 13 s popular Today in Iowa Saturday and Sunday programs as well as Channel 13 News at Noon.

Megan comes to Channel 13 News from WQOW-TV in Eau Claire, Wisconsin where she was their weekend meteorologist and reporter. Megan earned her Certificate in Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State University in 2005 and her Bachelor s degree in journalism from The University of Georgia.

Megan’s favorite type of weather to forecast is severe thunderstorms and tornado outbreaks. Her most memorable moments forecasting tornadoes include the Ladysmith, Wisconsin tornado and the Parkersburg, Iowa tornado. The Ladysmith tornado hit the small town just before 5 PM on Labor Day 2002. Megan was covering the evening weathercasts that night and went live immediately with the warning that a tornado was moving towards Downtown Ladysmith. She then followed up with nearly a dozen news reports following the clean-up and recovery in the small Wisconsin town. The Ladysmith tornado was rated an F3 tornado. The morning of May 25th, 2008, Megan forecasted on Today in Iowa Sunday that a major tornado outbreak with the potential of long-lived strong tornadoes was possible that day. In the afternoon, a powerful tornado ripped through Parkersburg and was verified as an EF5 tornado, the strongest tornado possible.

Megan is also willing to go out in the cold for Central Iowa’s viewers. She’s been known to stand in blizzards and ice storms to make sure you’re aware of the conditions outside and can make your plans accordingly. Her experience in the elements helps her to have a better understanding of winter weather and improve her future forecasts for the next big snow storm to hit Central Iowa.

Megan grew up outside Atlanta, GA. She became fascinated with the weather because of her father's close call. He was struck by lightning while in high school and survived.

Megan, her husband Chris, and sons Nathan and Joshua live in Urbandale. They enjoy spending time outside on the trails and at the parks around the Metro. Megan also loves to cook and try new recipes. They are active members of St. Pius Catholic Church.


Recent Articles
  • Slight-Risk

    More Severe Weather Possible in Central Iowa Sunday

    DES MOINES, Iowa – The storms early Sunday morning may not be the last Central Iowa sees of severe weather. The same storm system continues to sit over the Upper Midwest with the center of low pressure in South Dakota. There is a dry slot with some clearing and sunshine in Western Iowa. Meteorologist Megan Salois says this is leading the surface to heat and become more unstable. A few showers were already developing from Carroll to Council Bluffs as […]

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    Recap of Sunday’s Severe Weather Outbreak

    DES MOINES, Iowa — After a day of rain and general thunderstorms on Mother’s Day, the weather turned severe during the evening. The first storm report came in at 7:18 PM. A trained storm spotter saw the tornado with debris 4 miles northwest of Lidderdale. They reported the tornado appeared to be getting bigger. The next report came in at 7:29 from a spotter who saw a tornado with multiple vortices and a quarter mile wide just south of Lake City. The spotter […]

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    Damaging Winds, Hail and Isolated Tornadoes Possible This Afternoon, Evening

    DES MOINES, Iowa – A Tornado Watch is now in place for Northwestern Iowa until 9 PM. A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect for Southwest Iowa until 10 PM. Central and Western Iowa are both under an Enhanced Risk of severe weather. An Enhanced Risk indicates there will be numerous severe storms in the highlighted area. The storms will be more persistent and widespread. A few tornadoes are possible with several reports of wind damage, as well as damaging hail of […]

  • Gardening Tips: May 9, 2014

    Earl May’s Tim Rundlett has tips on how to prevent black spots on tomatoes and how to get rid of pampas grass. Tim also gives Megan tips on how to build a trellis for her beans and cucumbers. Submit questions by clicking here for next week’s gardening segment with Tim.

  • Gardening Tips: May 2, 2015

    This weekend, Earl May’s Tim Rundlett had suggestions on when to trim back your lilacs and how to fertilize lilacs and peonies. He also explains why your lilac may not be blooming. Finally, more answers to a common question: how to get rid of creeping charlie! You can submit your questions for Tim to answer on an upcoming Saturday morning by clicking here.

  • Centsable Health: Cinco de Mayo Guacamole

    Fareway’s Whitney Packebush shared with us an easy guacamole you can make to celebrate Cinco de Mayo tonight! It’s delicious and has tons of nutritional benefits. Enjoy! Avocados provide nearly 20 essential nutrients and are part of a health healthy diet, but did you know that peeling the skin from your avocados instead of scooping out the flesh saves more nutrients? The dark green flesh near the skin has been found to contain higher carotenoids than the lighter colored flesh […]

  • Weather Why: Double and Triple Rainbows

    Single rainbows are unusual enough, but even more rare are double and triple rainbows. Meteorologist Megan Salois explains what has to happen to get a double or triple rainbow to appear.

  • Weather Why: Dark Clouds vs Bright Clouds

    The brightness of clouds can really vary, from bright white fair weather clouds to dark ominous storm clouds. Megan Salois explains why clouds can appear both bright and dark.

  • Centsable Health: Baked Blueberry French Toast

    Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. Breakfast eaters tend to weigh less and consume more healthy nutrients like calcium, fiber, iron and B vitamins (just to name a few). Kids, on the other hand, can also achieve higher test scores and have fewer discipline problems simply by eating breakfast.   Baked Blueberry French Toast Makes 8 servings Total time: 2 hours 30 minutes   Ingredients 1 loaf whole wheat bread 1 cup blueberries ½ cup sliced […]

  • Gardening Tips: April 11, 2015

    Earl May’s Tim Rundlett answers your questions about grass that can handle large dogs, when is the time to prep a flower bed, and if there are any plants that can be placed under pine trees. Tim will answer your questions next week. Click here to submit them.

  • SLIGHT RISK APRIL 8TH

    Isolated Severe Storms Possible in Iowa Wednesday

    DES MOINES, Iowa –  A large storm system is moving through the Central Plains and will bring severe storms from Oklahoma north to parts of Iowa tonight. The primary severe threat of hail, damaging winds, and tornadoes will be in Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri. Download the 13Warn Me App Skies will stay cloudy tonight. More showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop in southern Iowa this evening. A few of these storms may briefly intensify bringing larger hail and heavy […]

  • Centsable Health: Centsable Easter

    Fareway’s Whitney Packebush gives us tips on how to eat and treat sensibly for the Easter holiday. Ham Per 3 ounce serving size, ham has between 120-200 calories. That’s about the size of your palm or a deck of cards. Sweet potato bakes with marshmallows can be anywhere from 350-700 calories per serving. A medium size sweet potato (about 5”) has 4 grams of fiber, 2 grams of protein and 368% of the recommended Daily Value of vitamin A for […]

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