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
  • This Year’s Top Five Outdoor Holiday Gifts

          Black Friday is almost here and many of you may be shopping for the perfect present for someone who enjoys the great outdoors We went to Cabela’s and here are the Top 5 outdoor holiday gifts for this season. Lowrance Hook Seven Down Scan Sonar SogFari Set Masterbuilt Sportsman Elite Smoker Nikon BDC RifleScope  Diamondback Limited Edition Binoculars  Full Cabela’s Black Friday ad referenced in the story. Full unedited interview…        

  • When Will It Rain? Looking Ahead to the Start of December

    Temperatures should be steady for the next two weeks despite a few cool fronts passing across the area. The next front to arrive gets here around Tuesday with a cooler temperatures by next Wednesday and Thursday.   In Fort Smith, temperatures will be warm on Monday and Tuesday with breezy south winds ahead of the front. Highs will fall into the 50s late week. The next chance for rain is only a small chance late Tuesday into Wednesday with a […]

  • Hour-By-Hour: Wednesday & Thanksgiving

    The big weather story will be the temperature trend with temperatures fluctuating as much as 20º in the next few days. Highs will be as low as the 40s on Wednesday only to return to the upper 60s to near 70º by Saturday. -Garrett

  • Chilly Weather Moves In Tonight

    The up-and-down temperature trend continues with temperatures falling below freezing once again in the overnight with widespread 20º lows. Despite the sunshine, temperatures will hold in the 40s to near 50 on Wednesday followed by a modest warm-up on Thanksgiving and Black Friday. -Garrett

  • Travel Weather This Week

      While the weather “leaving” for Thanksgiving looks great with no rain worries, there could be a few travel issued for those of you returning to our area late this weekend. Saturday: A cold rain with snow is likely across the Northeast with a rainy system arriving in the Pacific Northwest. Sunday: Bitter cold will spill across the Great Lakes and the Midwest with rainy weather likely in the Northwest. -Garrett Lewis with Matt Standridge

  • Update on Thanksgiving Weather Forecast

    While calm weather is expected for most of this week, the temperatures will be all over the place with highs as cool as the 40s on Wednesday followed by highs approaching the 70s on Friday and Saturday. Here’s a look at the temperatures for Thanksgiving… THANKSGIVING 6AM: Morning temperatures near freezing in NW Arkansas and in the mid 30s in the River Valley. THANKSGIVING NOON: Sunny skies with highs in the mid 50s. THANKSGIVING 6PM: Clear skies and chilly with […]

  • Looking Ahead This Week

    Cold weather has returned for Sunday but the biggest difference from yesterday being the absence of the blustery north winds. Morning lows in NW Arkansas were 27º in Fayetteville and Fort Smith was as low as 34º. Calm and sunny weather is expected for Sunday and most of the upcoming week with highs in the upper 50s or low 60s. While parts of the Midwest and the Northeast are affected by a winter system over the upcoming holiday; it appears […]

  • The Most Amazing Weather Video You’ll See This Year

    Tracking invisible aerosols. Sounds impossible, right? Scientists with NASA use the latest in satellites combined with a family of computer models referred to as their Global Earth Observing Systems to bring invisible aerosol particles to life as the mix and churn with weather systems across the world. This loop is from August 1st to November 1st, 2017. Some of the more amazing shots show the dust being blown off the Sahara and then trapped by water droplets, the white areas […]

  • Strong Winds Start Our Weekend

    Breezy south winds continue across the area with temperatures in the 70s with several areas of falling leaves combined with the warm weather. Looking ahead into tomorrow, north winds will take over with falling temperatures. Winds on Saturday will be just as breezy but in the opposite direction; from the north. -Garrett

  • 5NEWS Winter Weather Outlook

    The weather pattern going into the upcoming winter season shows a colder and snowier winter than last year. The next few months will be influenced by a weak La Nina pattern in the Pacific which could in-turn alter the path of the jet stream across the United States. While this winter will likely be colder than last year, it may still trend above normal as an average. There are no signals for sustained cold across our area for the next […]

  • Dense Fog Possible Into Thursday Morning

    Dense Fog Advisories have been issued for portions of our area. Recent rainfall combined with clear skies, calm winds, and cool temperatures will lead to locally dense fog in many areas thru Thursday morning. Fog should mix-out during the mid-morning hours with increasing clouds headed into late Thursday and Friday. -Garrett

  • Wednesday’s Rainfall Totals

    This is a look at the rainfall accumulation map from Tuesday night into Wednesday. The higher rainfall totals occurred across NW Arkansas with far less in the Greater Fort smith area. The highest amounts were recorded in Benton County where totals approached 1″ in many areas. This is a look at expected rain totals on Thursday & Friday with the next cold front. It won’t be much. Many locations will continue to pick up only meager amounts of rain despite […]