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Garrett Lewis, KFSM-TV’s Chief Meteorologist, can be seen weeknights at 5, 6, 9 & 10 p.m. Garrett’s passion for forecasting and weather comes from growing up in the small Arkansas town of Alma.

Garrett has witnessed some of the most amazing weather events unfold in our area including the 1996 Van Buren tornado, the crippling ice storms of 2000 & 2009, the flooding of 2004, 2006 Benton County tornado, & the 2011 Altus-Denning EF4 Twister.

“At the end of the day, people just want to know whether or not it’s going to rain & how much the weather will impact their life. Snow, tornadoes, rain, sunshine… weather is the only thing that affects everybody… everyday. I love my job. There’s nothing in the world better than forecasting weather for Arkansas & Oklahoma.”

Some of his most memorable weather moments stem from storm chasing in the Great Plains, including the May 3, 1999 outbreak which spawned several tornadoes in Central Oklahoma. Garrett also reported live in 100mph winds as Hurricane Lili made landfall near New Iberia, Louisiana.

Garrett joined 5NEWS on-air in July of 2001. Garrett now works as the Chief Meteorologist and can be seen at 5, 6, 9 and 10 p.m. Garrett holds a B.S. Degree in Geosciences and an M.S. Degree in Applied Meteorology Mississippi State University. His graduate work focused on the social science applications in severe weather.

In addition, Garrett has been awarded both the ‘National Weather Association’s Seal of Approval’ Seal #1581 and the American Meteorological Society’s Seal of Approval. Seal #0410878. Garrett has been recognized by the Arkansas Associated Press for his weathercasts including the award of ‘Best Weathercast’ multiple times.

Off camera, Garrett sits on the board of the Benton County Children’s Advocacy Center and the State of Arkansas’ board for Children’s Advocacy Centers of Arkansas. Both advocate for child protection and for the prevention and treatment of sexually or physically abused children.

Garrett and his wife, Ashley, have been married for 13 years and have a son & daughter.


Recent Articles
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    Garrett’s Blog: Running Out of Daylight

    This morning we had the coolest temperatures we’ve seen since May of this year. Cooler temperatures will continue to become the norm in the coming month as we lose more and more daylight getting closer to the Winter Solstice on December 21st. The Autumnal Equinox or first day of Fall is September 22nd; one month away. Equinox means equal daylight and equal darkness; usually 12hrs of sunlight and 12hrs of darkness but it really depends on your latitude relative to […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: This Weekend: Rain Early Then Sunny

    A cold front will move into the area this weekend with the best chances of rain on Friday night and especially Saturday morning. The front is fast-moving and be clear of the area in the early afternoon with clearing skies, northwest winds, and drier/cooler air filtering into the area. Sunday and Monday will feature some of the coolest mornings we’ve seen in a while with lows in the 50s followed by comfortable afternoons with highs in the 70s & low […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Farmer’s Almanac: “Return of the Ice Cold Winter”

    Well, it’s August; the hottest part of summer is over and the cool days of fall are around the corner. It also means it’s time for the Farmer’s Almanac to whip everyone into a full-blown-winter-storm-bread-and-milk-emergency with the snowy winter weather forecast. Some people swear by it. Is there any truth to it? We’ll probably never know because they’re not transparent with how they forecast or how they calculate their claim of being “80% accurate”. I imagine they use a blend […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Wet Weather Arrives For School Pick-Up

    Light to moderate rain will affect the entire area thru 5pm. Rain totals will be in the .15-.25″ range. Severe weather is not expected but it’ll make for a wet pick-up for the kids at school and a slower than normal drive home in the construction zones along I49 this evening. I’m working on the forecast for the rest of the week. It appears another strong cold front will arrive by the weekend with cooler than normal temperatures and another […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Scattered Off-And-On Rain Sunday

    Scattered showers will continue to be possible on Sunday as an area of low pressure churns to our south. Rain will be light to moderate and will be intermittent during the day. The heaviest rain will fall immediately to our east. Major flooding will miss our area with the rain just to our south across south Arkansas and Louisiana. This is the current setup with the low pressure pulling moisture up and over the front. It won’t be as heavy as […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Finally, A Legit Cold Front

    Hot weather will continue for most of the week with scattered showers and thunderstorms adding rain cooled air and clouds to the region each day which will work to prevent extreme heat in the afternoon. The big temperature drop is expected by the weekend. Rain chances this week are greatest from 2pm-7pm each afternoon. Late this week, a stronger cold front will arrive from the north with the best rain chances across the area on Friday. Here’s a look at […]

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    Hottest Day of the Year; Fort Smith Hits 100º

    Fort Smith, Arkansas has hit 100º for the first time in 2016. The last 100º day was August 7th of 2015. The average number of 100º days is 10.7 Greatest likelihood of hitting 100º is in the month of August. The longest nonstop stretch of 100º days was 35 days in July/August of 2011. In NW Arkansas the last 100º day was 4 years ago on the same date: August 7th, 2012. The average number of 100º days is 1.7 […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Entire State Under a Heat Advisory

    The entire State of Arkansas is under a Heat Advisory as temperatures climb into the upper 90s with high humidity increasing the heat index from 104-112º. The Heat Index is a measure of temperature and humidity. The heat index is calculated for conditions in the shade with light wind. Direct sunshine can increase the Heat Index as much as +15º! The heat will continue into the weekend with the Midwest and the South experiencing some of the worst conditions. -Garrett

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    Storms Moving East; Widespread Wind Damage

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    DNA: Forecasting Your Future

    Direct to consumer DNA testing has become more and more affordable and available. One company, 23&Me has stood out as the leader in home DNA testing. The FDA halted 23&Me from providing medical reports in 2013 but has since granted permission for the company to provide a limited number of FDA approved test. However, there is a way to decode your entire genome. It works by running your entire raw DNA data into a program called Promethease which generates a […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Expect Thunderstorms Tonight

    A large area of thunderstorms is developing and will spread across Eastern Oklahoma and Arkansas during the overnight hours. In addition to these thunderstorms already on radar, it’s likely that new thunderstorms will develop along and north of a stationary front across NW Arkansas. As of this writing around 9pm a few thunderstorms have already emerged on radar near Fort Smith. This area will expand later tonight. This data shows storms developing around midnight. This image shows 6am, storms will […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Heaviest Rain/Severe Risk Targets NW Arkansas

    A slow-moving front will move into NW Arkansas late Friday and make very little progress over the weekend. The result will be scattered showers and thunderstorms. Some of the thunderstorms could be severe with locally heavy rainfall. The main severe risk would be damaging winds followed by a risk of quarter size hail or smaller. There are two favored times for the stronger storms; Late afternoon when heating along the front is maximized After midnight into the early morning hours […]

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