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
  • Severe Storms Leave Damage Across Area

    Numerous severe thunderstorms moved across the area late Saturday with numerous reports of trees and power lines down across the area. Some of the worst damage was from Sallisaw to Fort Smith with extensive damage in Van Buren area. Numerous trees were reported downed on homes and vehicles. Roof damage was reported in the Van Buren area. Several trees fell on vehicles across the River Valley. In Clarksville, this two car garage was upended. Trees were also uprooted in the […]

  • Numerous Storm Threats Approaching Area

    The severe threat has started its transition into our area. As of 8 p.m., there are three areas we’re concerned about: Damaging wind risk is very high in NW Arkansas with storms coming in from Oklahoma. Supercell SW of Tulsa will track east-southeast and may pose risk to Fort Smith area. Supercells in SE Oklahoma will move east-northeast into SE Oklahoma and potentially West Central Arkansas. -Garrett

  • Severe Weather Event LIVE Blog; Link to Watch LIVE Coverage

    Severe weather is expected across the area this evening. Damage reports and updates will be posted here as information becomes available. Watch LIVE coverage at this link as storms move into the area

  • Watch In Effect Until Midnight; Storms Developing

    Thunderstorms are developing in Oklahoma and will continue to move east in Arkansas this evening. The Tornado Watch goes until midnight. We continue to be most concerned with any isolated rotating cells that develop and any bow segments. The threat is expected to shift east by midnight. -Garrett

  • Severe Storms Saturday Evening

      An outbreak of severe thunderstorms is expected across Arkansas, Oklahoma and Missouri this evening. Isolated cells will contain hail up to baseball size as well as the potential for strong tornadoes. Small line-segments are expected to develop with a high-end damaging wind potential…at time exceeding hurricane force. The timeline is late evening into the overnight. This is the hi-res model data for 7pm tonight with broken line segments and superegos possible. Please note that because the segments will broken […]

  • NWS Confirms Tornado in Bentonville From May 19th Storms

    The National Weather Service has confirmed a tornado from the night of May 18th into 19th that occurred in Bentonville. Here is the raw information from the weather service… Bentonville Arkansas Tornado... Rating: EF-0 Estimated Peak Wind: 80 to 85 mph Path Length /Statute/: 2 miles Path Width /Maximum/: 225 yards Fatalities: 0 Injuries: 0 Start Date: May 19 2017 Start Time: 1207 am CDT Start Location: 4.3 SW Bentonville / Benton County / AR Start Lat/Lon: 36.3207 / -94.2529 […]

  • Late-Night Update

  • Noisy Overnight Storms Drop Heavy Rain

    Storms that moved across the area during the overnight produces very heavy rain across NW Arkansas and the River Valley prompting Flash Flood Warnings. There were sporadic reports of quarter size hail along with isolated wind gusts near 60mph. The storms produced frequent, vivid (and very loud) thunder and lighting. Tornadoes were suspected of touching down in South Oklahoma from Ada to Durant. Rainfall totals continue to climb but overnight many locations were over 2″ with some places pushing 3-5″ […]

  • Tornado Watch Until 11pm

    Additional thunderstorms will move across the area late this evening with a higher risk of rotating storms. The atmosphere is most unstable in SE Oklahoma and West Central Arkansas. Storms will eventually move east around midnight and then weaken as they move into central Arkansas. Prime time for storms will be around 9pm according to the latest high-resolution data. -Garrett

  • Garrett’s Blog: More Severe Weather Weather Friday Evening, Overnight

    (When we’re non-stop with weather coverage, you can follow this link to watch us or download our 5NEWS App. We will automatically stream live on 5NEWS Facebook as well) Storm coverage will increase across the area late Friday with widespread showers and thunderstorms across NW Arkansas the Greater Fort Smith area. Isolated storms that develop in SE Oklahoma and move into Western Arkansas will have the highest potential to be rotating this evening. A few tornadoes are possible. This map […]

  • Tracking Severe Storms

    Storms will continue across Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma with at least a minimal risk of severe storms. Additional thunderstorms are likely on Friday evening with severe weather possible. It appears most of the storms will be east of the area by Saturday afternoon. -Garrett

  • Garrett’s Blog: Storms Thursday Night

    The next chance for showers and thunderstorms will move into the area late Thursday overnight. There will be a limited potential for severe thunderstorms during the overnight night hours. We should see a break on Friday morning with another round of storms affecting our area on Friday night and all day on Saturday. While the overall intensity of the storms won’t be as severe as what Oklahoma and Kansas are experiencing with tornadoes and large hail, there will be at […]