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: Timing. A Few Severe Storms This Evening

    The end to the unseasonable warmth arrives this evening with a strong cold front pushing into the area from the northwest. There will be a narrow time-frame for severe thunderstorms ahead of the cold front. The cold front will eventually undercut the updrafts for the storms ending the severe weather risk this evening. The timing for severe storms appears to be from 5pm-11pm; the storms from 7pm-9pm might be the strongest before weakening. The risk area includes NW Arkansas and […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Chilly! Rain, Then Near 90º Soon. Then Another Cold Front.

    It’s been a chilly, raw day across the area with temperatures hovering in the 50s and 60s with overcast skies. The lowest cloud deck is around 900ft above the surface in NW Arkansas and around 1300ft above the surface in Fort Smith. The result is one of those overcast days where it looks like it could rain at any minute. Rain chances pick back up this evening into tomorrow morning. You can see the drop off over the last 24 hours […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Colder Air Spilling South; Rain Gone By Thursday Morning

    Temperatures continue to fall quickly across the area with the cold front making it’s way across Arkansas. By Thursday morning, we’ll wake up to very chilly weather with morning temperatures in the 40s and 50s. The cold weather won’t last long with highs bouncing back into the mid 80s by Monday in NW Arkansas. In the River Valley, highs will be in the upper 80s as early as next week. The next round of rain will arrive in the area […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Wet Weather For I49 Drive Home

      A cold front continues to move across the area and rain is likely up and down I49 for the evening commute home. The rain will slowly advance south this evening but the heaviest showers should remain in NW Arkansas. Expect very chilly conditions into the overnight with lows in the 40s and a chilly day again on Thursday. Garrett

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    Garrett’s Blog: Rain This Week; Cool Won’t Last… Again

    There are two really good chances for rain this week. Wednesday night into Thursday Thursday night into Friday afternoon. The best chance in Friday morning, that’s when it will be most widespread. This is a look at Wednesday Night’s cold front you can see the line of rain moving in from the north. The front on Wednesday will make a dent in temperatures but the warm air returns fast for the weekend. This is a look at Friday morning and […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: “Black Moon” on Friday Night

    Black Moon on Friday Night? What? It’s not really as rare or as apocalyptic as what posts on social media would have you believe. When two Full Moons happen in one month; it’s called a Blue Moon. When two New Moons happen in one month; it’s called a Black Moon. A New Moon occurs when the Moon is positioned between the Earth and the Sun and is not visible from Earth. It’s one of the nights referred to as no-moon […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Persimmon Seeds & Winter Outlook

    According to weather folklore, the shape of your persimmon seed will determine whether or not it’ll be a snowy or dry winter. The folklore is thought to date back to the days of the settlers and pioneers when they didn’t have any much to monitor the weather other than things like a thermometer to measure temperature or a barometer to measure pressure changes (falling pressure means rain’s on the way) etc. I couldn’t find the specific source for the folklore […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Hurricane Matthew

    A tropical storm in the eastern Caribbean has been upgraded to a hurricane with Hurricane Hunters finding winds of 75mph making it a Category 1 hurricane. It’s expected to strengthen to at least a Category 2 storm as it moves east of Jamaica. Hurricane Matthew is the 5th named storm of the 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season. The track of the storm will move west and intensification is likely as it moves close to warm equatorial waters. The storm will be […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Average First Frost & Earliest First Snow

    After the coldest start to the day since May 19th temperatures bounced back this afternoon into the 70s and low 80s. Lows won’t be as cold tonight due to south winds returning. Expect morning temperatures in the 50s. The average date of first frost (32º) is in mid October in NW Arkansas and in early November in the Fort Smith area. The earliest first snow is also in October although on average our area tends to see the most snow […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Chilly Night Ahead

    The much anticipated colder weather has finally arrived with normal or below normal temperatures expected for most of the week. Lows tonight will be in the upper 40s to near 50º. The cooler and drier air will slowly be replaced with warmer and more humid air around the start of October with rain chances returning sometime around Oct 4-6th. -Garrett

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    Garrett’s Blog: Everything Autumn

    The first day of Fall is underway with temperatures still in the low 90ºs this afternoon; however, change will arrive this weekend with temperatures falling on Sunday along with locally heavy rainfall. This is the trough which will eventually dig across the central and southern plains with a large area of rain along and ahead of the front. The heaviest rain will fall across Oklahoma but accumulated rain totals in Arkansas could be in the 1-2″ range. The slow moving […]

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    Friday’s Severe Storms Leave Behind Damage In Sallisaw

    Severe storms moved into Sequoyah County around 6pm causing widespread damage across the city. Law enforcement reporting trees and power lines down as well as a mobile building on top of a vehicle. A 5NEWS crew is on the way with updates tonight at 9pm & 10pm.