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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.

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
  • High Risk

    SEVERE WEATHER: What To Expect Tonight, How to Prepare

    The Storm Prediction Center, known as the SPC, has placed much of central and southern Iowa under a "High Risk" for severe weather. The SPC only issues "high risk" outlooks a few times each year.

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    SEVERE STORMS: Timing of Tuesday’s Severe Weather

    After a nice day of drying out and enjoying quiet conditions Monday, another round of severe storms is looming for Central Iowa. There will be no weather worries Monday night through the day on Tuesday, but conditions will turn severe after 8 p.m. Tuesday. The southern part of the state is at a moderate risk of severe weather. An area of low pressure will develop south and west of Iowa in Nebraska and Kansas with a warm front extending along the […]

  • SCATTERED STORMS: Unsettled Pattern Continues

    Scattered showers and a few thunderstorms will continue to rumble across Central Iowa this evening. These storms should stay below severe limits. However, heavy rainfall is possible with some of them. There is also a possibility of weak funnel clouds in Southern Iowa. These funnels should not reach the ground. Temperatures will drop to the mid 60s overnight. Wednesday brings another warm and humid day. Pop up showers and storms are again likely, mainly in Eastern Iowa. Drier conditions are […]

  • SUMMER-LIKE WEATHER: Humid & Pop-Up Storms

    Showers and thunderstorms will cross Central Iowa late tonight. The storms will bring heavy rainfall and some gusty winds, but the storms are expected to stay below severe limits. Localized rainfall amounts could be close to 2″ in some spots. Temperatures will drop to the mid 60s overnight. Tuesday and Wednesday stay the course with warm humid weather and isolated afternoon showers and storms. A cold front in Central Iowa on Tuesday will be the focusing mechanism for storms Tuesday […]

  • SUMMER WEATHER: 80s & Pop Up Showers

    Skies are mostly cloudy and conditions humid across Central Iowa. More scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible later this afternoon. No severe weather is anticipated. Temperatures will be warm, reaching 80 degrees. Memorial Day will be very similar to Sunday with mainly cloudy skies and pop-up showers and storms in the afternoon. Mostly locations will only see less than .20″ of rain total Sunday through Monday. Temperatures will be warm in the mid 80s late in the day with humid conditions. […]

  • Capture

    HOLIDAY WEEKEND WEATHER: More Clouds & 80s

    Memorial Day weekend begins nicely! Skies will be partly sunny with highs reaching 80 degrees. Clouds will increase through the afternoon, especially across southwest Iowa. Rain chances increase on Sunday. A few showers are possible in southern Iowa during the morning with some pop up showers in the afternoon. The rain will be really hit or miss and not everyone will see rain drops. The trend continues on Monday with a dry start to the day under partly sunny skies […]

  • CENTSABLE HEALTH: Memorial Day Grilling

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  • GARDENING TIPS: Insecticides

    Tim Rundlett shows us some of the traditional and organic insecticides. He also answers two viewer questions regarding asparagus beetle damage and how to get a lilac bush to bloom.

  • NICE NIGHT: Dry Weather, Great Temperatures

    Plan on excellent weather for your evening. High pressure is in control keeping skies mainly clear. Temperatures will drop to the mid 50s by morning. A few more clouds are possible on Thursday and Friday with highs in the 70s. Rain chances return this weekend. They will be hit or miss showers and storms with no persistent rain. So there will be plenty of dry time with nice conditions as well. Temperatures will be back in the low 80s by […]

  • SEVERE STORMS: Hail & Strong Winds Possible

    A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect until 11 p.m.. Storms that move through could produce large hail and damaging winds. Another warm day is in store for central Iowa on Wednesday with sunny skies and highs around 80. Seasonal temperatures are anticipated late in the week and into the weekend with periodic thunderstorm chances in the southwest from Thursday through Saturday.

  • ISOLATED STORMS: 70s & 80s This Week

    Tonight skies will be mostly cloudy. A few isolated showers and storms will develop this evening in northwest Iowa. They will slowly make their way through Central Iowa overnight as a cold front cross the state. Tuesday looks mainly dry but a few isolated showers may pop up again in the late afternoon and evening. The cold front stalls out in southern Iowa and that’s where the best chance of showers will be. Temperatures will rise to the 80s Tuesday […]

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    LOTS OF SUN: Rain Chances This Week

    Sunday will be another gorgeous spring day in Central Iowa! Skies will be sunny and winds breezy from the south. Temperatures will be a few degrees warmer today reaching the low 70s this afternoon. Clouds increase tonight ahead of an area of low pressure that will cross the Upper Midwest on Monday. There is a chance of a few showers and isolated storms Monday morning in northern Iowa. A few more showers will be possible again late Monday night as […]


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