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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
  • Persistent Light to Moderate Snow Event Through Friday

    IOWA — The frigid cold is coming to an end for Iowa but in it’s place comes more clouds, moderating temperatures and snow chances. A Winter Weather Advisory will be in effect starting overnight and continuing through 6 PM. 1 to 3 slushy inches are possible during the day. A weak disturbance will lift towards Iowa Tuesday night and arrive on Wednesday. This system will remain in place for the end of the week as a ridge of high pressure […]

  • Centsable Health: Chicken Curry and Coconut Rice Power Bowl

    Chicken Curry and Coconut Rice Power Bowl Makes 4 servings Total time: 45 minutes Ingredients For coconut rice: 1 cup water ¾ cup full fat coconut milk 1 tsp. brown sugar 1 cup long grain rice Salt, to taste For chicken: 1 pound chicken breast, cut into cubes 1 Tbsp. curry powder Salt and pepper, to taste For sauce: ¼ cup honey 1 Tbsp. mustard 2 Tbsp. oil ¼ tsp. onion powder ½ tsp. cornstarch 2 tsp. water 1½ tsp. […]

  • Sunday Sun Dogs: January 19, 2020

    Iowans woke up to bitterly cold temperatures on Sunday morning with wind chills as low as -20 to -30, but they were delighted with a celestial observation. Sun dogs, technical name parhelia, shown above on either side of the morning sun. Watch an explanation on how sun dogs are formed here in a recent Weather Why with Megan Salois. Take a look at the various views of the sun dogs that Channel 13 received from viewers around Central Iowa on […]

  • Weather Why: Winter Storm vs Blizzard

    Today’s Weather Why is from Caleb. He wants to know – what is the difference between a Winter Storm Warning and a Blizzard Warning? A Winter Storm Warning must meet the conditions of accumulating snow, limited visibility, strong winds with no time requirements. A Blizzard Warning must meet the following criteria falling or blowing snow, winds in excess of 35 mph, and visibility under a quarter mile for at least 3 hours. A new winter related warning is the snow […]

  • Blizzard Conditions to Impact Parts of Iowa Saturday

    A Blizzard Warning is in effect until 6 PM Saturday for Calhoun, Carroll, Crawford, Emmet, Greene, Humboldt, Kossuth, Palo Alto, Pocahontas, Sac, Webster, Boone, Cerro Gordo, Franklin, Hamilton, Hancock, Hardin, Story, Winnebago, Wright. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect until 6 PM Saturday for Adair, Audubon, Cass, Dallas, Guthrie, Jasper, Madison, Mahaska, Marion, Polk, Poweshiek, Warren Counties. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until 6 PM Saturday for the southern two tiers of counties: Adams, Appanoose, Clarke, Davis, Decatur, […]

  • Indulge Event Preview

    It’s the 13th year of Indulge – A Wine, Cheese and Chocolate Affair in Des Moines. Indulge is a delight for your taste buds where local Des Moines wineries, cheese shops and chocolateries  converge to teach how to pair wines with cheeses and chocolates. Michael LaValle, owner of Purveyor and event participant, says it comes down to the seasons with choosing a wine and then a chocolate or cheese to pair it with.  In addition to these three indulgences, whiskey […]

  • More Snow And Ice To Impact Iowa Starting Friday

    This storm system looks to have a high amount of moisture for a January snow which could lead to some moderate or high snow totals in Northern Iowa. It is also very dynamic with a changing temperature profile, leading to periods of snow to periods of freezing rain and rain in some areas of the state. Friday Morning Snow begins in Iowa, lifting in from the the south and west. It will be cold enough for snow and it will […]

  • Next Round of Snow Sunday Night

    It’s a mainly cloudy Sunday but roads will get slick late this afternoon and evening and a band of snow develops later today. A quick 1 to 2″ with some isolated 3″ amounts in Northern Iowa are expected. Weather Set Up A period of active weather and weak shortwaves will pass through Iowa around the base of a slow moving vortex that will slowly wobble through western and central Canada through the week. Iowa is just far enough to the […]

  • Active Week of Snow Chances for Central Iowa

    Friday afternoon and evening’s snow was the start of what looks to be an active period of weather for Central Iowa. Friday Re-Cap 1 to 4 inches of snow fell across parts of Central and Southeast Iowa on Friday. We also had some freezing rain and sleet, especially in southeast Iowa. Snow totals as of 6 AM include: Des Moines 4″ Marshalltown 4″ Urbandale 3.5″ Indianola 3″ Baxter 3″ Ankeny 3″ Winterset 3.0″ Audubon 0.5″ Saturday A Winter Storm Warning […]

  • Weather Why: Why Are All Snowflakes Different?

    It’s one of nature’s most amazing  creations: the snowflake. What is more amazing is that no two snowflakes are the same! But why is this? Kaylen recently asked this question and Meteorologist Megan Salois explains why in this weekend’s Weather Why.

  • Centsable Health: Portion Size

    Controlling the portion sizes of what you eat each day can significantly help you maintain a healthy weight. Fareway’s Whitney Hemmer goes through the basic recommendations for the food groups when it comes to portion size.  Grains 6 servings per day Rice or pasta ½ cup tennis ball/closed fist Bagel 1 mini OR ½ of a large bagel Hockey puck Fruit 4 servings per day Apple 1 medium Tennis ball/closed fist Berries ½ cup Half tennis ball Avocado 1/5 or […]

  • Friday Snow Totals Add Up in Parts of Central Iowa

    IOWA — The weekend is beginning with some significant snow on the ground in parts of Central Iowa. The snow started during the day in North Central Iowa on Friday and continued through the evening. The area of precipitation rotated to bring snow just west of the metro later Friday night. This resulted in poor road conditions on the west side of the Des Moines metro through the early morning hours. Highest snowfall totals occurred in North Central Iowa where […]

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