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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.
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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
  • Strong Wind Gusts Causing Drifting Snow Sunday

    IOWA — A strong storm system led to melting snow, rain, freezing rain, sleet and heavy snow across Iowa Saturday afternoon through very early Sunday morning. As expected, the heaviest snow fell in northwest Iowa. A few totals include: Laurens 16.0” Algona 10.0” Carroll 10.0” Jefferson 8.0” Dayton 7.0” Ames 6.5” Adel 3.4” Ankeny 2.8” Des Moines 2.6” Winds are intense at 35 to 45 mph and gusts have been up near 60 mph at times. The winds are so […]

  • Weekend Storm will make Travel Nearly Impossible In Parts of Iowa

    DES MOINES, Iowa  — A potent storm system is quickly lifting towards Iowa and will bring difficult and some cases impossible travel for parts of the state through the weekend. A Blizzard Warning goes into effect in Northern and Western Iowa at 6 PM and a Winter Weather Advisory begins for Central Iowa at 6 PM. A Wind Advisory will be in effect for eastern Iowa from midnight until 6 PM Sunday. Morning scattered showers will continue to lift off to […]

  • Winter Storm Warning in Effect Through Wednesday Morning

    IOWA — A Winter Storm Warning is in effect through Wednesday morning. Heavy snow will lift south to north across the state throughout the overnight. The heaviest snow is expected to impact the Des Moines metro from midnight through 4 AM. There may even be some snowfall rates at times of 1 to 2″ per hour. The heavy snow will continue lifting north through north Central Iowa during the early morning on Wednesday. Closer to 7 AM, more dry air […]

  • Winter Storm to Disrupt Wednesday Morning Commute

    Another Winter Storm is on its way to impact Central Iowa. A Winter Storm Watch is in place for Tuesday 6 PM through Wednesday 9 AM. This storm will bring more significant snowfall through Wednesday morning which will make the drive in to work and school difficult. The trough that will evolve into our winter storm is currently moving on shore off the California coast and will move on shore and through the southwest US today through Tuesday. All of […]

  • Winds a Worry Following Heavy Snow; Winter Storm Warning Continues

    A Winter Storm Warning continues for parts of Central and Eastern Iowa through the day on Tuesday with a Winter Weather Advisory in counties in Western Iowa. A range of 1″ in Western Iowa to 7″ in Eastern Iowa fell across the state Monday night through the early morning Tuesday. The Des Moines Metro saw 3 to 5″ of snowfall. Here is a list of some totals: Traer 7.0″ Oskaloosa 6.0″ Pella 5.8″ Eldora 5.5″ Newton 4.6″ Des Moines Airport […]

  • Snow Expected to Continue in Central Iowa Monday Night

    IOWA — A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for much of Central and Eastern Iowa and a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for Western Iowa. Snow will continue to fall tonight, with the heaviest snow across southeast Iowa right up to the Des Moines Metro. 4 to 6″ looks to be likely with some pockets of locally heavier amounts. The heaviest snow will fall between 6 and 10 PM. Lighter amounts of 1 to 3” in Northwest to […]

  • Dangerous Cold Persists Across Central Iowa

    Temperatures bottomed out at -21 below zero this morning breaking the previous record low temperature for January 30, which was -17 below zero in 1965. Today also marked the coldest morning in 19 years in Des Moines. Low temperature records broke around the state, including a new record low for January 30th of -21 and Ames of -22. The cold temperatures aren’t the only issue, the wind chills are extreme. The coldest wind chills were felt in Estherville and Mason City […]

  • Wicked Wind Chills Bring Life-Threatening Cold

    A Wind Chill Advisory is in effect for Central Iowa this afternoon. A Wind Chill Warning goes into effect at 6 PM Tonight. Northern Iowa may see 50 consecutive hours of temperatures at -30.  Wind chills look to drop as low as -60 in northern Iowa. Temperatures will fall below zero through the rest of the afternoon. Winds will increase from the northwest at 20 to 30 mph. Wind chills will drop to -30 below or lower tonight through Wednesday […]

  • Life-Threatening Cold Takes Brutal Aim on Iowa

    Life-threatening cold is underway across Central Iowa. Wind Chill Advisories and Wind Chill Warnings are now in place for Tuesday morning through Thursday morning, as wind chills in parts of the state will drop to as low as -60º.  Northern Iowa may experience -30 temperatures for 50 consecutive hours. This afternoon, gusty winds will begin to settle down slightly. We had gusts as high as 60 mph very early Monday morning as an arctic front rushed across the state. This […]

  • Freezing Drizzle Transitioning to Snow Late Tuesday in Iowa

    A winter storm is impacting Iowa Tuesday afternoon. The day began with freezing drizzle and mist across Central Iowa. That will continue to persist through the afternoon across the state, making roads, parking lots, and sidewalks slick. A Winter Storm Warning is now in effect until 6:00 a.m. Wednesday for the Metro off into Northeast Iowa.  This is where we will see the worst travel conditions and 3-6” snow totals by Wednesday morning.  Surrounding the warning is a Winter Weather […]

  • Iowa Wild Outdoor Rinks Remain Closed During Unseasonably Warm Winter

    INDIANOLA, Iowa  —  The Iowa Wild want to spread the love of skating and hockey around Central Iowa, but Mother Nature won’t let them. The outdoor rinks the local hockey team helped erect around the area can’t open until the weather gets cold enough to freeze them over.  Instead of clear ice the rinks are puddles filled with leaves right now. Meteorologist Megan Salois found out that the setback isn’t dampening spirits, though.

  • Long Day of Winter Weather Ahead on Sunday

    A strong area of low pressure continues to spin over Central Iowa early this Sunday morning. This low pressure system will continue to slowly move northeast, but more snow will wrap around the system and fall across our area. A Winter Weather Warning is in effect in many northern and western Iowa counties this morning, as well as a Winter Weather Advisory outside of the warning. The warning and advisory will continue through noon Sunday. Additional snowfall of 1 to […]

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