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: Hour-By-Hour Thanksgiving & Black Friday

    **Flash Flood Watches in Effect** The heaviest rain arrives Thanksgiving night into Friday with several inches of rain expected. I know many of you have plans and I wanted to do a blog post that goes hour-by-hour with temperatures & precipitation across the region to help you out with planning & decision making. Here’s a look: THURSDAY 6AM THURSDAY NOON THURSDAY 6PM FRIDAY 6AM FRIDAY NOON FRIDAY 1:30PM ARKANSAS VS MISSOURI KICKOFF FRIDAY 6PM SATURDAY 6AM SATURDAY NOON When it’s […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Flash Flooding on Black Friday

    A major rain event will affect most of the southern plains over the Thanksgiving Holiday. Here are the main highlights and forecast updates as of mid week: Two rounds of heavy rain. Round 1: Late Thanksgiving & all day Friday; ending Saturday morning Round 2: Saturday night into Sunday morning Rain totals will be excessive. Likely in the 4″-7″ range Areas that are prone to flooding will be flooded; especially city streets. Cold rain is likely for the Arkansas Razorback Football Game […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Frost Flowers; The Unusual Ice On Plants

    The first time I saw a frost flower was back in 2007 when I was camping in the Buffalo National Park. All over the ground appeared to be pieces of white paper, or napkins? Trash? Once I got a little closer I noticed it was frozen. What was this thing and how did it form? Turns out these are called “frost flowers” and they usually form during the first hard freeze of the Fall season. These pictures were sent into […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Cold Blast, Weekend Rain, Thanksgiving, & Snow?

    There’s no shortage of weather stories to talk about for the next week leading into the upcoming holiday. Here’s are the big weather events that will affect where you live the most along with some images to help you plan the weekend and holiday travel: Light rain around 2am Saturday. Rainfall totals only around .10″ or less. Not much Major cold blast this weekend. Wind chills in the 30s most of the day Saturday Freeze Warnings likley for Sunday morning. […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Weekend Cold Blast Coming

    Sunny skies and cool temperatures will continue for the rest of the week with the next big cold front arriving on Friday night. We’ll see an increase in clouds on Friday night and Saturday morning and even a few sprinkles but the amount of rain will be low. This weekend will be the coldest in a long time with highs in the 40s and lows in the 20s. Long range, Thanksgiving and Black Friday are both looking very wet with […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Severe Risk For Morning Rush

    Occasional rain will continue for Monday afternoon and evening but the heaviest will occur in the morning on Tuesday. Between 5am & Noon on Tuesday a line of strong to severe thunderstorms will move across the area. This will affect the drive to and from school early in the day Tuesday with delays expected. An hour-by-hour depiction on Futurecast is below. The main risk of severe weather is damaging wind with at least a limited tornado risk. Hail will not be […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Up To 5″ Of Rain Next Week!

    In the short-term, terrific Fall weather will wrap up the workweek and be in place for much of the upcoming weekend. The next upper level system is a slow mover with widespread rain chances likely into early next week. The highest rain chances will be on Monday and Tuesday. The rain will be caused by a large area of low pressure moving across the southern states. The influence of the subtropical jet off the west coast will feed rich moisture […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Storms Along Cold Front

    A strong cold front will sweep across the area on Wednesday with scattered thunderstorms likely. The storms will have the potential to be severe with wind damage as the main risk followed by at least a minimal risk of tornadoes. Time: 10am-3pm. 11am Thursday: Data shows the front causing showers and thunderstorms in the area moving NE. Some could be severe. The best time for storms will be an hour or two on either side of lunchtime. The highest risk […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Severe Storms Wednesday

    A fast-moving system will bring the chance for severe storms back to the area midweek. Here are the highlights: Timing is earlier: The front may arrive sometime between 11am-3pm. The strongest severe storms might be getting underway around lunchtime or after. Not much rain: The fast movement of the storms means rain totals will be light. Because storms will be scattered initially some of you won’t see any rain at all. Fast movement: Storms will accelerating along the front possibly as […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Expect Thunderstorms Tonight; Some Severe

    A cold front is moving across the area this afternon with scattered showers and thunderstorms likely. A few storms will be severe with wind damage the main threat followed by a limited tornado risk. Should any tornadoes actually develop they would be very brief in duration. Worth mentioning that at least of the storms this afternoon west of McAlester has shown signs of weak rotation. Weak rotation from earlier this afternoon in central Oklahoma. We have lots of shear in […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Thursday’s Storms

    A cold front arrives Thursday with plenty of humidity and high rain chances. Overcast skies and rain could be ongoing Thursday morning and will increase in coverage and intensity as the day wears on. Rain totals in Northwest Arkansas with be around 1″ with 1-2″ possible in the River Valley. Farther south, in the Ouachitas upwards of 3″ is possible with localized flash flooding. The best chance for severe storms will be in the late afternoon and evening. There isn’t much […]

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    Picher, Oklahoma: The Biggest Environmental Disaster You’ve Never Heard Of

    PICHER, Okla. (KFSM) — The town of Picher, Oklahoma may be the biggest environmental disaster you’ve never heard of. The town, which is just an hour away from Walmart’s Home Office in Bentonville, Arkansas, has been declared one of the most toxic cities in America, but that’s not stopping a handful of people from trying to keep the memory of the town alive. John Clarke is one of them. He grew up in Picher and like most people who lived […]


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