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Garrett Lewis, KFSM-TV's Chief Meteorologist, can be seen weeknights at 5, 6, & 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. In fact, Garrett's passion for weather led to an unusual hobby: collecting hailstones and freezing them in the refrigerator.

Garrett joined 5NEWS in December 1999 and went on-air in July of 2001. Garrett now works as the Chief Meteorologist and can be seen at 5, 6, and 10 p.m. on 5NEWS. Garrett first attended Westark College (Now, University of Arkansas - Fort Smith). His weather credentials come from Mississippi State University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geosciences with an emphasis in Broadcast Meteorology.

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's hobbies include weight training, bicycling, running, mountain climbing, playing acoustic guitar, and working closely with the local church.

You may hear Garrett on the HAM radio during severe weather. His call sign is KD5OMI. During severe weather the MAX5 Storm Team coordinates with local Skywarn Storm Spotters as well as the National Weather Service in both Little Rock and Tulsa to share emergency information.

Garrett and his wife, Ashley, have been married for 9 years and welcomed their first son, Graham, in the spring of 2011.


Recent Articles
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    Garrett’s Blog: EF1 Tornado Near Spiro

    The line of thunderstorms that moved through our area on Sunday night (October 6th) produced a brief tornado that lasted 1 minute and was located 5 miles northwest of Spiro. The tornado was estimated to have winds of 85-90mph and damaged a chicken house and several trees. No tornado warning was in effect at the time of the tornado, but a severe thunderstorm warning was in effect. Earlier today, I spoke with Steve Piltz at the National Weather Service who said […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Tropical System Odile Remnants To Move Into Arkansas

    The last Category 3 storm to hit the Baja of California was 1989’s Hurricane Kiko with winds of 120mph. It was one of the strongest storms since record keeping began in the area around the 1950s. Hurricane Odile made landfall with winds of 125mph also making it a Category 3 according to the National Hurricane Center. Image shows Hurricane Kiki’s 1989 track. Image show Hurricane Odile from NASA/Terra MODIS Satellite near landfall. So what effect will this have on weather […]

  • Garrett’s Blog: Local Storm Shelter Companies

    The recent tornado outbreak has prompted many across the area to request information regarding storm shelters. On Facebook, I asked followers who they used to install their shelters; I then compiled a list with all of the companies who have installed in Northwest Arkansas, River Valley, or Eastern Oklahoma. Shelter cost ranged from $2,900 for a basic 6 person to a high of $35,000 for an underground bunker like the one featured on Doomsday Preppers for the entire family which does installs nationally. […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: SEC Football Lightning Policy

    Update: The SEC changed the policy regarding lightning in the Spring of 2014. The new rule suspends play at 8 miles instead of 6 miles. The existing 30 min delay minimum  continues to be the standard. Delays can, and do, last longer than 30 minutes because the time restarts anytime a lightning strike occurs within the 8 mile radius. My thanks to Kevin Trainor, Associate Athletics Director, with the University of Arkansas for contacting me with the updated rule information. The […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Rainfall Recap

    Rain moved across the area late Monday into Tuesday with a much need break from the dry and near drought conditions that started to develop over the last week. Here’s a look at rainfall today from the last 24 hours: 2.35″  Bentonville 2.49″  NWA Regional 1.50″  Rogers 1.43″  Springdale 1.93″  Fayetteville 1.04″  Van Buren 1.23″  Fort Smith   .72″   Booneville   .68″  Clarksville 1.16″  Sallisaw   .69″  Poteau Another round of rain is expected over the weekend and could […]

  • Garrett LIVE at Washington Co Fair

    Meteorologist Garrett Lewis was LIVE on Thursday at the Washington Co Fair, here are the interviews.

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    Garrett’s Blog: Heat Ridge Arrives

    Hot weather will be the dominate weather feature for the next week. The latest Climate Prediction Center forecast shows higher than normal chances for warm weather for the next 6-10 days. This image is the 300mb chart which represents the jet stream in the upper part of the atmosphere. You can see a large trough digging into the west coast with a ridge extending all the way north into Missouri and Illinois. Long-range models suggest that the ridge will break […]

  • Benton County Fair

    Meteorologist Garrett Lewis was at the Benton County Fair on Friday evening, keeping it local with area 4H youth who have been preparing all year to show their livestock.

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    Experts: Safe Room Failure Due To Improper Installation, Materials

    Mayflower, AR (KFSM) Wind engineers at Texas Tech have completed an initial forensic exam of the failed safe room from the April 27th, 2014 Mayflower, AR Tornado which caused 1 fatality. The door was taken apart and all components and their manufactures were identified. The conclusion reached in the report states the door assembly was sub-standard and did not match the tested FEMA  P-320 recommendations. Specifically, the door (although steel) was not designed to be used as part of a tornado safe room. The door contained no […]

  • Garrett’s Blog: Tracking Thunderstorms

    A lingering boundary has once again erupted with scattered showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. The heaviest will fall thru 4pm with most storms fading by 8 or 9pm. Expect heavy rain and brief gusty winds. A few storms may approach severe limits due to instability but the majority will not be severe. Temperatures will fall some 10-15º after the storms move out, but humidity will remain high. A repeat of this is likely on Sunday, too. Garrett

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    Garrett’s Blog: Fewest 100º+ Days Since 2007

    Not that many people are complaining but this summer continues to trend below normal with the fewest number of 100º+ days for both Fayetteville and Fort Smith since July of 2007 which neither location hit the century mark. Officially, no reporting station has hit 100º; although, I’m sure many of your back yard thermometers and the bank signs have been showing 100º occasionally. NOAA weather observations sites are called ASOS or Automated Surface Observing System and the temperature readings are taken […]

  • Weather Service: Straight Line Wind, Not Tornado Caused Damage

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – The National Weather Service issued a Public Information Statement Friday afternoon saying they did not find any evidence of rotation near Chaffee Crossing from the windstorm that occurred on the afternoon July 23. The video above was shot from 5NEWS Viewer Bobby Zolliecoffer and shows the damage as it happened. Winds at the Fort Smith airport were measured at 66 mph out of the northwest. A Google Earth image shows existing damage to the northwest corner […]

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