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
  • 5NEWS Weather: Maria Emerges as Category 3

    Hurricane Maria slammed in Puerto Rico on Wednesday as a strong Category 4 Hurricane with estimated winds over 150mph. The storm made a direct hit on the island with the path of the hurricane essentially tracking across the middle of the county. The country was 100% without power as of late Wednesday. The future track of the storm shows the U.S. Virgin Islands with potential impacts along the east coast by earlier next week. The speed of the cold front […]

  • Garrett’s Blog: Heat Until Next Week

    Unusually warm weather will continue for the next several days and into the weekend as a large ridge of high pressure remains anchored across the SE United States. The trough of low pressure that will eventually bring us the cooler weather won’t arrive until early next week. The slower movement and lack of significant moisture means minimal rain chances are expected but a widespread area-wide soaking is unlikely at the moment. Graphically, here’s the trend for the next 10-days with […]

  • Weekend Outlook

    It is the last weekend of Summer!  Temperatures will remain warm in the upper 80s and low 90s.  

  • Garrett’s Blog: Water Weird? You’re Drinking 2-Methylisoborneol

    First, don’t flip out: It’s completely safe to drink and within the acceptable limits; which is 1 drop per Olympic sized swimming pool or 5 parts-per-trillion. The problem is, this stuff makes the water taste wonky. So how did it get there? Every time you fertilize your lawn those nutrients eventually run-off into the gutters which eventually end up in the creeks which flow into Beaver Lake. The excess nutrients feed algae which causes large algae blooms, this process is […]

  • 5NEWS Weather: Winter Forecasting With Persimmon Seeds

    According to folklore, the shape of a Persimmon Seed foretells of the upcoming winter weather season. A spoon indicates a heavy, wet snow A fork indicates a dry, light snow A knife indicates cutting, cold winds The official Climate Prediction Center forecast indicates higher than normal chances of warm temperatures for December, January, & February. My personal opinion is this Winter season will be snowier than last year. Last year, we were in the middle of a strong El Niño […]

  • Football Friday Night Forecast

    Warm weather takes over for Football Friday Night with temperatures in the 80s at kickoff which is about 10º warmer than last week. AT KICKOFF 7PM These temperatures at 7pm show widespread 80s in Northwest Arkansas and the Greater Fort Smith area. It may have felt like Fall for the last two weeks at local schools but this week will certainly feel more like late Summer weather. -Garrett

  • 5NEWS Weather: The Next Heavy Rain Chance

    It’s been a while since we’ve seen a heavy rain locally. The last time we picked up over 1″ of rain was in the middle of August. The upper level pattern will bring us a strong front sometime on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week. It doesn’t appear the cold front will bring us significantly cooler temperatures because the jet stream winds stop just short of making it into our area. The front will cause showers and storms due to […]

  • 5NEWS Weather: Warm Weather Coming

    The trend will continue to be above normal for the next several days. Notice how the temperatures in the morning also start to increase. This is an indication that humidity is increasing along with the temperatures. Heat index values will likely be in the mid to upper 90s heading into the weekend with slightly lower temperatures with rain chances towards the middle of next week. -Garrett

  • 5NEWS Weather: Irma From Start To Finish

    The National Hurricane Center started issuing advisories on Hurricane Irma on August 30th; the wave first appeared off Africa August 27th. Phillip Klotzbach Ph.D. a Hurricane Specialist/Research Scientist compiled a list of all the Meteorological Records/Notable Facts from Irma. Twitter: @phillipklotzbach ***Intensity/Day Measures*** 185 mph lifetime max winds – tied with Florida Keys (1935), Gilbert (1988) and Wilma (2005) for second strongest max winds of all time in Atlantic hurricane. Allen had max winds of 190 mph in 1980 185 […]

  • Those Empty Bays

    This side-by-side from our CNN affiliate in Tampa shows the drained bay on the left with the filled bay on the right. How did this happen? Hurricanes spin counter-clockwise so while the storm surge brings unusually high water levels to inlets and bays the reverse is true with winds moving into the opposite direction. Those winds will pull water out of shallow areas and push it out to sea. Often times, the water surges back into the inlets after receding […]

  • 5NEWS Weather: New Burn Ban Issues; Drought Monitor

    The first burn ban in the state has been issued for Carroll County due to the lack of recent rainfall. As of Monday afternoon, it’s the only county in the state under a burn ban. A quick check of the Drought Monitor shows dry conditions to the north but near normal conditions locally. Our area remains near or above normal with year-to-date rainfall; mostly because of the heavy rain we experienced in the Spring and Early Summer. The reason for […]

  • Garrett’s Blog: Irma Remnants Bring Clouds

    While Irma’s remnants continue to flood parts of Florida, we’ll see only minor affects locally. On Tuesday and Wednesday, Irma will swirls across Tennessee with wrap around cloud cover and a few showers attempting to advance into Arkansas. The northwest side of the low pressure is notoriously dry so any rain amounts should be minimal in the northeast to southwest flow. Long-term, a warming trend will continue into the weekend with highs climbing back to around 90º. There may be […]