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: Flurries or Sprinkles Saturday

    A weak disturbance will move into the area late Friday night and into Saturday. Moisture is lacking but there’s a chance we could see a few spotty areas of light snow or light rain as it arrives on Saturday morning. Temperatures on Saturday afternoon will be in the 50s and no widespread travel impacts are expected. The ripple in the atmosphere is moving from Oklahoma into Arkansas which should generate enough lift for at least cloudy skies early Saturday with […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Those Weird Clouds This Morning

    On your way into work this morning you may have noticed some strange clouds in the sky. They look like normal clouds only their base is smeared down forming something that looks like a Jellyfish. The streaks you were seeing under the  clouds are known as “Virga” and occur from precipitation either evaporating or sublimating as it falls to the ground.   The word “virga”: is Latin for ‘rod’or ‘trig’. It develops when there’s enough lift in the atmosphere to […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Storm, Snow, Rain Chances Next Week

    There’s a lot to keep an eye on next week. Here’s what you’ll see next week: Warm, sunny weekend; highs nearly 70º Stormy Monday evening; some severe Colder Tuesday; flurries late night into Wednesday This map shows a measure of wind shear and instability. Notice how most of it is just to the east of our area. Thunderstorms should break out along the front sometime late Monday evening; a few storms may be severe here but the higher risk looks […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Jupiter Shining Bright

    You may have seen the bright “star” last night near the Moon. It was the planet Jupiter and it’ll be visible in the eastern sky over the next few weeks. It reaches conjunction (opposite of our Sun) on March 8th. Looking in the east direction, here’s when to see Jupiter rise: January 28th: 9:06pm January 29th: 9:02pm January 30th: 8:58pm January 31th: 8:53pm Weather conditions will be perfect for the next few nights with clear skies and comfortable evening temperatures in […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: The Earth Actually Isn’t Round

    There are actually some people still around that think the Earth is flat. Some of them are celebrities, most of them have social media. There’s actually a ‘Flat Earth Society’ which (like most conspiracy theorists) allege it’s all a conspiracy by NASA and the government. These folks have way more faith in the government than I do; after all, government can’t balance a budget, have a civil conversation, or even keep a sex act a secret but somehow they’re fooling billions of people into […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Quick Cold Front; Much Warmer!

    In the short-term, temperatures will be cold Tuesday with a steady warming trend over the next week. Tuesday morning will see lows in the upper 20s and low 30s but even colder temperatures are expected for Wednesday morning with some spots in NW Arkansas in the upper teens. The warming trend will be slow and steady into the weekend with dry weather until around the start of February. The next big cold blast will arrive around February 3rd or 4th. There […]

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    Another Winter Weather Advisory Issued For Friday Morning

    Low cloud cover is causing light freezing drizzle across NW Arkansas and could result in slick and hazardous conditions on bridges and overpasses. The light drizzle will move out later tonight with blustery conditions expected for Friday morning with wind chill values in the teens and northwest winds gusting to 30mph.

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    Garrett’s Blog: New Winter Weather Advisory Issued

    A new Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for Northwest Arkansas for Thursday morning. Accumulation will be light and generally less than 1/2 of an inch but will create hazards on roads and likely most bridges and overpasses. Radar trends at 10pm Wednesday continue to show an area of sleet and freezing rain moving in from Oklahoma which will arrive in our area near midnight. By 1AM Thursday the freezing rain and sleet mix will affect mostly Northwest Arkansas with […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Light Wintry Mix Thursday

    Another chance for wintry precipitation is in the forecast for Thursday and like earlier this week, any accumulation will be light and travel impacts limited. A strengthening low pressure in SE Texas and Louisiana will cause areas of rain, freezing rain, sleet, and snow to develop in our area. The track of the low puts the heaviest precipitation to our south and the best chances for snow across SE Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, & Alabama. This is the low pressure system […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Light Freezing Rain Expected Tonight

    Precipitation is already breaking out ahead of a cold front that will move across the area tonight. Light rain and freezing rain is expected. While accumulations will be minimal; bridges and overpasses will become slick as soon as air temperatures fall below freezing. Expect some road problems to develop after dark with slick roads becoming widespread by 9 or 10pm. The majority of the rain/freezing rain will be east of the area by midnight. Chances of light ice amounts are […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Light Snow Sunday Night

    An arctic front moving into the area will arrive later this evening with a narrow band of light snow and bitter cold temperatures heading into Monday. Snow amounts will be limited due to the dry air and quick nature of the front. NW Arkansas has the best chance for any accumulation and totals should be minimal with any amounts that are able to accumulate: Trace amounts to <1″ The best chance for any accumulation will be in NW Arkansas. This […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Fast System; Light Snow Saturday

    A fast moving system will give us a chance for light snow along and south of I40 early in the day Saturday before sunny skies prevail in the afternoon. Temperatures will remain chilly and any travel issues should be quickly resolved by early afternoon. Highway 71 south and roads in the Ouachitas are most likely to see some areas of light snow or a rain/snow mix. Saturday will be chilly for everyone with highs only in the 30s. 6AM Saturday: […]


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