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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
  • Weather Why: December Snowfall

    Central Iowa did not receive much snow in December, but it was nothing record breaking. Meteorologist Megan Salois takes a look at the numbers here.

  • Weather Why: Probability of a White Christmas

    It’s a question meteorologists hear a lot of this time of year, “Will we have a white Christmas?” Odds in Central Iowa are pretty much 50/50 each and every year! Megan Salois compares where we stand on snow cover so far in the winter of 2014-2015 and if it translates into the possibility of a white Christmas.

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    More Snow on the Way Ahead of Thanksgiving

    DES MOINES, Iowa – We won’t let the Thanksgiving holiday pass without getting some measurable snow. A fast-moving clipper system is headed for Central Iowa. An Alberta Clipper is forecast to drop southeast out of Canada on Tuesday. It will begin to impact Central Iowa late Tuesday night. Clippers are known to move through a region quickly, dropping small amounts of measurable snow in a short period of time. They can cause traffic hassles briefly while the snow is falling. The […]

  • Gardening Tips: Saturday November 1, 2014

    Earl May’s Tim Rundlett answers questions regarding how to prepare your lawn and garden for the winter. The various topics include irises, roses, and vegetable gardens. If you have  question for Tim, please submit it by clicking here.

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    How to Safely View Thursday’s Solar Eclipse

    DES MOINES, Iowa — A partial solar eclipse will occur in the skies over Central Iowa on Thursday afternoon. The last solar eclipse occurred in May of 2012, so it’s a sight that many people are interested in seeing. A solar eclipse occurs when the new moon passes between the Earth and Sun.  A partial eclipse means that only part of the sun will be covered. While it’s quite a celestial event, viewing a solar eclipse is very different than taking […]

  • Centsable Health: Squash

    Fareway’s Whitney Packebush shares with us how store and use squash during the Fall season. She also explains some of its health benefits!

  • Gardening Tips: Questions from October 18th

    Earl May’s Tim Rundlett answers questions regarding newly plant peonies, how to deter a chipmunk, controlling creeping charlie during the winter months, and planting mums. Please submit your questions here for Tim to answer this coming Saturday! Click here to submit them.

  • Weather Why: Iowa’s Windiest Season

    No doubt about it: Iowa is a windy state. But which season is truly the windiest? Megan Salois has the answer.

  • Centsable Health: Chicken Wings

    Fareway’s Steven Peterson gives us a how-to on how to grill your own chicken wings.

  • Gardening Tips: Questions from October 11th

    Find out some great shade tree recommendations, if you’re looking to add a tree to your yard, and how to care for fruit plants and trees as we head into the winter.

  • WEATHER WHY: Average First Snowfall Dates

    It’s the typical question this time of year: When will we see our first snow? This weekend, Megan Salois compiled all the dates for the average first snowfalls for Central Iowa.

  • Gardening Tips: Questions from October 4th

    Earl May’s Steve Pearson join us to answer your questions including when to cut back a burning bush, when to fertilize peonies, questions regarding fruit trees and if lavender can stay outdoors for the winter. Watch the answers here. Submit your yard and garden questions here.


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