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
  • Garrett’s Blog: Timeline For Tonight’s/Wednesday’s Storms

    A line of thunderstorms is expected to develop in NE Oklahoma late Tuesday evening and then work southeast into Arkansas late Tuesday night into Wednesday. 1AM WEDNESDAY: The line of storms will first move into NW Arkansas with the potential for a few storms to be severe with damaging wind. 4AM WEDNESDAY: Widespread showers and thunderstorms with a diminishing severe weather risk. 1PM WEDNESDAY: More severe storms redevelop in Eastern Oklahoma and move across our area. Flash flooding along with […]

  • Garrett’s Blog: Active, Severe Weather Returns This Week

    An active Spring pattern will prevail for much of this week with frequent chances for showers and thunderstorms.  In the short-term, the severe risk increases on Wednesday evening and includes some of our area. The higher severe weather risk could stay to our east. We are most concerned about a system later in the week. Friday’s system will be highly dependent on the location of the warm front. While rain late Friday into Saturday look likely the severe chances will […]

  • Garrett’s Blog: Heavy Rain Late Week

    A slow moving front will arrive in the area late this week with rain spread from the north to the south. The front will be in the area on Thursday with widespread showers and thunderstorms likely. The overall severe risk on both Wednesday and Thursday is minimal. There will probably be a handful of severe storms but it seems lower in magnitude than previous events we’re known to experience in April. Heavy rain will be the biggest threat as we […]

  • Garrett’s Blog: Tracking Scattered Showers

    The bulk of the heavier showers both Thursday and Friday will occur across Oklahoma before weakening as they track east. A few showers will remain possible early on Friday before mostly sunny skies prevail into the afternoon and evening. The severe risk is very low for our area both Thursday and Friday and even into the next event on Easter. Stronger storms could return to the area by the end of next week. EASTER MORNING 7AM: The latest data shows […]

  • Garrett’s Blog: Blustery With Rain All Evening

    The low pressure that caused the severe weather yesterday continue to exit our area with blustery northwest winds continuing. Occasional passing showers will continue into late evening with chilly temperatures falling into the 40s later tonight. Windy will continue to be breezy out of the northwest around 30mph. Skies will be clear on Thursday morning with chilly temperatures and morning lows likely down into the 40s to even upper 30s across valley locations. -Garrett

  • Severe Risk & Tornado Threat Over Locally

    The severe thunderstorm and tornado risk has shifted to the east of our area with residual storms continuing into the overnight as the colder air moves in from Kansas. Expect much colder weather for tomorrow with high temperatures held down into the 50s although cloudy skies and breezy north winds will make it feel colder. A warming trend will take over for late week and the weekend with highs climbing back into the 70s to near 80. -Garrett

  • Storms Expected 7pm-9pm

    Thunderstorms have developed across Eastern Oklahoma and are moving east-northeast into our area. Storms will primarily pose a hail risk and numerous reports of large hail up to golfball size have occurred in and around the Tulsa area. The tornado threat is not zero but it’s not exceptionally high either. The threat for rotating storms will be maximized in the vicinity of the warm front closer to NW Arkansas. The threat for storms is expected to end by midnight if […]

  • Severe Watch Until 9pm: Storms From 7pm-11pm

    Storms should develop in NE Oklahoma and move into NW Arkansas and the Greater Fort Smith area this evening. The greatest risk for severe weather will be along the warm front. Storms along I44 in NE Oklahoma and SW Missouri will have the greatest risk of tornadoes. Hi-Res data shows the storms in Oklahoma at 7pm moving east. The latest run of HD Futurecast shows the storms affecting the majority of us at 9pm. -Garrett

  • Garrett’s Blog: Storms, Some Severe Tuesday Evening

    Late Tuesday evening another chance for showers and thunderstorms returns across NW Arkansas and the River Valley. While the overall risk of severe weather is somewhat lower than the previous events, there will likely be some severe storms and even at least a minimal potential for some rotating storms.   TUESDAY 7PM: A line of thunderstorms will develop in Eastern Oklahoma and move east. TUESDAY 10PM: A line of strong to severe storms will be ongoing across the area. Storms […]

  • Check the Web: Rain for NWA and the River Valley

    Rain continues to be in the forecast for both Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley today and tomorrow. Showers are already beginning to move into the River Valley. While there is a tornado watch currently in effect for parts of the Texas and the Southeastern US, this in no way will affect us. We will generally see rainfall with some lightning mixed in across the region. Most places will experience anywhere from a tenth to a half inch of rain. The area […]

  • Garrett’s Blog: March Rain Above Normal; April’s Outlook

    March rainfall exceeded the monthly average for the first time in 8 months! NWA Regional:  4.87″ Fayetteville:      5.95″ Fort Smith:        3.75″ Fayetteville’s rain was above normal by +2.15″ while Fort Smith’s was +.04″ April’s temperature outlook is for higher than normal chances of above normal temperatures. Rainfall totals are forecast to have equal chances of being above or below normal. For reference, the normal rain in Fayetteville in April is 4.57″ while Fort Smith is […]

  • Tornado Watch Being Cancelled

    The Tornado Watch has been cleared for all of Eastern Oklahoma as well as NW Arkansas and the Fort Smith area. Additional thunderstorms are possible overnight into early Thursday but the risk of tornadoes and wind damage is much lower. Thursday will be overcast with chilly temperatures in the 40s and 50s. The next chance for rain arrives late weekend into next week. -Garrett