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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
  • Gardening Tips: April 4, 2015

    Earl May’s Tim Rundlett answers various early spring questions including how to start growing asparagus, how to control creeping charlie in the early spring, and if name brand and generic weed control products are equal. See the answers here! Ask your yard and garden questions by clicking here. Time will answer them next Saturday morning on Today in Iowa Saturday.

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    Showers and Storms on the Way Tonight

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Strong winds, showers and thunderstorms return to the forecast this afternoon and tonight. As a strong area of low pressure to the north closes in on Iowa, it will draw in a gusty south wind at 25 to 35 mph this afternoon. “The strong winds will push us close to the warmest temperatures of year with highs into the 80s, said Meteorologist Megan Salois. Download the improved 13Warn Me App With the dry conditions across much of […]

  • Weather Why: Severe Storms & Radar Conference Highlights

    To gear up for severe weather season, Meteorologist Megan Salois attended the 19th Annual Central Iowa NWA Severe Storms and Doppler Radar Conference. While there were great talks about severe weather events of 2014 from the Pilger, Nebraska tornadoes to the EF4 tornado that devastated Vilonia and Mayflower, Arkansas, Megan picked up on a few topics that we’re of note and important for viewers in Central Iowa including topics like Twitter during severe weather events, the state of flooding in […]

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    Winter Storm Warning Issued for Central Iowa Wednesday

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Central Iowa gets its chance to see snow again this week! Before that happens, we will have a nice warm up on Tuesday, taking temperatures to 40 degrees. A cold front will cross the state Tuesday night and hang up over the state on Wednesday. A disturbance will move along the front and bring snow across Iowa through the day on Wednesday. A Winter Storm Storm has been issued for much of central Iowa from 9 a.m. […]

  • Centsable Health: Heart Health and Sodium

    Sodium is essential to live, but most Americans are consuming between 3000 and 6000 mg per day. That is 2-3 times more than the recommended amount (recommended amount is 1500-2300 mg per day depending on your health history). Remember, this recommendation is not just the salt you add to your foods – it is the total amount you eat in one day from ALL sources. Iodized salt is traditional table salt. It is only partly made of sodium – its […]

  • Gardening Tips: Enjoying the Garden During the Winter

    Earl May’s Tim Rundlett has some ways you can get going on your gardening in the cold winter months. He shows us some ways to start prepping for your spring garden and how to bring a garden indoors.

  • Weather Why: Contrails

    Sometimes you see them, sometimes you don’t. Channel 13 viewer Marge H. wanted to know why sometimes you see trails behind airplanes and other times you do not. Megan Salois explains the meteorology behind the clouds and what weather hints they can give you.

  • Centsable Health: Fettuccini Alfredo

    Fettuccini Alfredo Makes 4 (1 cup servings) Total time: 30 minutes   1 Tbsp. butter 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 Tbsp. all-purpose flour 1 1/3 cup milk or half and half 1 ¼ cups fresh Parmesan cheese, grated 2 Tbsp. reduced-fat cream cheese ½ tsp. salt 8 ounces uncooked fettuccini pasta, cooked according to package directions 2 Tbsp. parsley, chopped   Directions MELT butter in a saucepan over medium heat. ADD garlic. STIR in flour. GRADUALLY add milk, whisking constantly. […]

  • Weather Why: Does Less Snow Equal More Drought?

    Before the January 31st – February 1st snow storm where Des Moines received close to a foot of snow, Tom wanted to know, if we stayed below average in our snowfall totals this year could that lead to drought conditions again in Iowa. Megan Salois found the answer for him.

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    Record Temperatures a Possibility Tomorrow Ahead of Weekend Snow Chances

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Unusually warm January air will continue to influence Central Iowa’s weather the next couple of days. While Tuesday will be a few degrees cooler, temperatures rebound back to the upper 50s on Wednesday and could tie or break the record high for January 28. The record currently stands at 56º in 1931. The reason for the warm stretch of weather is a very amplified jet stream. A ridge has built across the Central Plains states with […]

  • Weather Why: Weather-Related Accidents on I-35

    There appears to be a high number of accidents that occur along I-35 between Des Moines and Ames. Channel 13 Viewer Kody wanted to know if that number of accidents was related to weather along that stretch of interstate. Meteorologist Megan Salois had a feeling that the west-northwest crosswinds along a north-south interstate could potentially lead to a higher rate of accidents in the winter months. She contacted Andrea Henry of the Iowa DOT to confirm this suspicion. Henry did […]

  • Weather Why: Disappearing Snow in Below Freezing Conditions

    Megan Salois explains how the snow cover can still get smaller when temperatures stay below freezing. It’s not melting and evaporation, but something called sublimation.


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