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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
  • SEVERE STORMS: Potential For Tornadoes Sunday

    Severe storms will continue to press across the state this evening. The biggest threat with tonight’s storms will be large hail, damaging winds and an isolated tornado threat. A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect through 10 PM for southwest Iowa. More storms are expected on Mother’s Day and the risk is even higher for tornadoes. The first cluster of storms will move through Sunday morning with brief drying mid-day. More storms will develop late Sunday. Again there is a […]

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    STORMY WEEKEND: Severe Storms Possible

    Active weather will continue for Central Iowa during Mother’s Day Weekend. Saturday starts with mostly cloudy skies and light showers moving through the state. We will have drier conditions mid-day with temperatures rising to the upper 70s, but isolated storms will redevelop in western Iowa late today and move through Central Iowa this evening. There is the possibility those storms may produce damaging winds and large hail. More storms are expected on Mother’s Day and they are also more likely. […]

  • CENTSABLE HEALTH: Grill for Mom

    Fareway’s Meat Expert Steven Peterson has a grilling suggestion that Dad can prepare for Mom’s special day!

  • GARDENING TIPS: Garden Fertilizers

    Earl May’s Tim Rundlett has tips on both organic and traditional fertilizers. Tim wants to answer your questions next week. Submit them here.

  • COOL NIGHT: Wet & Warm Weekend

    Overnight tonight winds will be light and from the west at temperatures settle into the mid-40s under clear skies. Saturday will be warmer again with highs climbing into the mid to upper-70s. After some sun, clouds will be into the state and eventually lead to some scattered showers and storms. Most of the thunderstorms should remain below severe limits during the early evening, though an isolated strong storm along the Missouri border is not out of the question. Mother’s Day […]

  • TASTE OF SUMMER: 90° Wednesday Afternoon

    Skies tonight will be partly to mostly cloudy. Temperatures will stay very warm overnight. Lows will only be in the lower 60s. There’s a chance of an isolated shower or storm mainly in far northern Iowa along the Minnesota border. Wednesday, we get a taste of summer! Temperatures will rise to 90° by the afternoon. Skies will be mainly sunny and winds will be strong from the south-southeast at 1o to 20 mph. An area of low pressure and cold […]

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    RARE RAINBOW: Fire Rainbow Over Central Iowa

    A rare phenomenon occurred over the Des Moines Metro on Tuesday around 1 PM. Many people caught sight of what is sometimes called a “fire rainbow”. These rainbows are brightly colored and resemble flames. They occur in high level cirrus clouds as sunlight shines through flat plated ice crystals. “Fire rainbows” most often occur during the warm months. The sun elevation must be at 58° above the horizon with cirrus clouds and plate shaped ice crystals for the sun’s light […]

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    WEATHER WHY: Why Are We Still In A Drought?

    Seventh graders in Mrs. Danielson’s class in Ames want to know why, after all of the snow and rain we’ve received this winter and early spring, are parts of the state still considered to be in drought conditions.

  • GARDENING TIPS: Chemical-Free Weed & Dandelion Control

    Tim tackles viewer questions! Here are some of the questions he answers: I’d love to add strawberries and raspberries to my garden but don’t want them to take over. What tips do you have for containing them and growing a successful crop? What is a chemical-free way to prevent weeds in my vegetable garden? How can I “fertilize” my lawn and take care of weddings in my lawn like dandelions and creeping Charlie organically? I don’t want to use chemicals. […]

  • WARMING TREND: 80s By Wednesday

    Skies will be partly cloudy tonight as temperatures drop to the upper 40s by early Tuesday morning. Tuesday will be another nice day with a few more clouds and highs in the mid-70s. A warm front will lift across the state late Tuesday night. This could cause a few isolated showers and storms to develop late Tuesday through the early morning on Wednesday. Wednesday will be hot. Temperatures will reach the upper 80s. There is another chance of storms late […]

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    PARTLY SUNNY SUNDAY: Warm Week Ahead

    We will have more clouds over Central Iowa today with partly sunny skies.  We will have more clouds today with partly sunny skies. Temperatures will be slightly cooler, reaching the mid 60s. It will also be breezy with a strong wind at 10 to 20 mph out of the northeast. The work week will start very pleasant with mostly sunny skies and temperatures reaching the upper 60s and lower 70s. Chances of thunderstorms return late Tuesday through early Wednesday morning […]

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    AFTERNOON SHOWERS: Sprinkles Move Through

    Light showers are pushing through Central Iowa this afternoon. However, with very dry air in place, rainfall totals will be less than 0.05″ in most cases, with the showers and sprinkles mainly serving a simply a cloudy interruption of the afternoon sunshine. We cool off into the middle 60s with partly cloudy skies for Sunday. There is also a slight chance of a pop-up shower or two in the morning, mainly in northern Iowa. The real warming begins on Monday […]