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: Upcoming Weekend Forecast

    After another morning of locally dense fog, we’ll see more sunshine on Friday and Saturday in the afternoon with warmer temperatures. Rain chances will return to the area on Sunday. 6AM Sunday: Rain with a few thunderstorms will be in the area on Sunday morning. Sunday Noon: Showers will begin to shift east out of the area but could continue into the early afternoon. Rain totals in our area will range from around .50″ to 1″. -Garrett

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    Garrett’s Blog: 2016 Warmest Year On Record; What About Arkansas?

    The year 2016 was the warmest on record globally since record keeping began in 1880. The trend of warming follows the post industrial era which has experienced continual warming since the 1970s and is believed to be caused by an increase greenhouse gas emissions which increases the radiative heating which is absorbed by our ocean & atmosphere. The hottest year on record for our area was in 2012 for both Fayetteville and Fort Smith. The year 2016 ranks as the […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Light Rain Wednesday

    Expect overcast skies with scattered areas of light rain during the day on Wednesday. The highest rain chances will be across SW Arkansas and SE Oklahoma with lesser amounts the farther north you go. It does appear we’ll be stuck under cloudy skies for both Wednesday and most of Thursday as an area of low pressure moves to our south and into Alabama and Georgia and causes a few severe thunderstorms in that area later this week. For us, it’s […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Heavy Rain, Ending Monday

    Heavy rain continues to shift east across the area with occasional embedded thunderstorms. Rainfall totals will be in the 1-2″ range when the storm system ends sometime Monday afternoon. The latest data shows the heaviest showers and thunderstorms in the area around 2am-5am on Monday. This maps shows 3am on Monday morning. The highest severe risk is for NE Texas on Sunday night, including the DFW area. Rain will continue for the Monday morning drive but will be tapering off as […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Clouds Continue; Rainiest Late Sunday/Monday

    Overcast skies will continue on Sunday with patchy areas of rain during the first part of the day. Temperatures will also trend upwards with highs back into the 60s as winds turn more southerly ahead of the upcoming front. This image shows Monday morning. Expect widespread showers and thunderstorms in the area for the the first part of the day on Monday followed by clearing skies into Tuesday and a small warming trend for the remainder of the week. We’ll […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Weekend Forecast Hour-By-Hour

    Scattered showers and even thunderstorms are possible all weekend but it won’t be a nonstop rain all weekend. The heaviest rain will fall late Sunday night and Monday. There should be a break in the rain during some of the day on Sunday. Here’s a look at the hour-by-hour forecast 6AM SATURDAY NOON SATURDAY 6PM SATURDAY 6AM SUNDAY NOON SUNDAY 6PM SUNDAY… That’s the BIG area of rain moving in from the west. Rain totals for this whole event will […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Foggy Friday

    Very heavy fog continues across most of Northwest Arkansas and will persist in the evening and overnight hours. Use caution while driving, visibility is less than 1mile in many locations across the area. The heaviest rain will move into the area on Sunday night into Monday morning. -Garrett

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    Garrett’s Blog: Light Ice In Benton & Carroll County Towards Sunrise

    Temperatures are already near or 1-2Âș below freezing in Benton and Carroll County this evening and this is the most favored location for light ice accumulation overnight into the first part of the day on Friday. All temperatures will warm above freezing by Noon in our area and widespread additional icing won’t occur. Ice Storm Warnings are out for Oklahoma, Missouri, & Kansas. Use caution if you’re travelling into that area this weekend. This map shows the chances for TRACE […]

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    Freezing Rain Advisory Issued For Benton and Carroll County

    A Freezing Rain Advisory has been issued for Benton and Carroll Co for tonight into Friday morning. Less than 1/10th of an inch of ice is anticipated and should be confined to elevated surfaces. Usually .25″ or greater causes power outages; widespread utility interruptions are not expected in Arkansas. Bridges and overpasses could become slick in spots on Friday morning but temperatures are expected to warm above freezing the day.

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    Garrett’s Blog: Who Gets The Ice Storm? Here’s Where Power Outages Are Most Likely

    The arctic front is currently moving across Kansas and Missouri with colder air oozing south for the remainder of the week. The pressure gradient along the front has caused extremely windy conditions across our area this afternoon with numerous brush fires for the second day in a row. Winds have been frequently gusting over 30mph with occasional gusts over 45mph in NW Arkansas. Winds are expected to weaken some after sunset but remain in the 20-30mph range as the cold […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Wild Winds This Afternoon Nearing 50mph

    The pressure gradient as a cold front near the area continues to tighten with wild winds whipping across the area out of the south and west. Strong winds will continue across the area into Wednesday with frequent gusts over 30mph out of the west. The cold front this evening will drop temperatures into the 50s for Wednesday with yet another and strong front set to move into the area late weekend into the weekend. Here’s a look at some of […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Big Rain Coming; Ice Storm Potential

    There’s a lot to watch this week including the arrival of an arctic front late week and winter weather potential. As of this afternoon, it appears we will miss the heaviest ice accumulations to the north and west with places like Bartlesville, Oklahoma and Springfield, Missouri more favored for ice accumulation and winter weather potential. The current forecast has our area *out* of the ice storm risk. That said, shallow cold, arctic air is notoriously difficult to forecast and the […]