Garrett Lewis

Garrett Lewis, KFSM-TV's Chief Meteorologist, can be seen weeknights at 5, 6, & 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. In fact, Garrett's passion for weather led to an unusual hobby: collecting hailstones and freezing them in the refrigerator.

Garrett joined 5NEWS in December 1999 and went on-air in July of 2001. Garrett now works as the Chief Meteorologist and can be seen at 5, 6, and 10 p.m. on 5NEWS. Garrett first attended Westark College (Now, University of Arkansas - Fort Smith). His weather credentials come from Mississippi State University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geosciences with an emphasis in Broadcast Meteorology.

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's hobbies include weight training, bicycling, running, mountain climbing, playing acoustic guitar, and working closely with the local church.

You may hear Garrett on the HAM radio during severe weather. His call sign is KD5OMI. During severe weather the MAX5 Storm Team coordinates with local Skywarn Storm Spotters as well as the National Weather Service in both Little Rock and Tulsa to share emergency information.

Garrett and his wife, Ashley, have been married for 9 years and welcomed their first son, Graham, in the spring of 2011.

Recent Articles

  • Garrett’s Blog: Easter Weekend Forecast

    Posted on: 3:51 pm, April 18, 2014, by , updated on: 03:52pm, April 18, 2014

    Overall, Easter Weekend is looking very nice. Saturday will be rainfree and warm with Sunday only a few passing clouds...
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  • Garrett’s Blog: Rain On Easter?

    Posted on: 1:59 pm, April 16, 2014, by , updated on: 02:13pm, April 16, 2014

    Easter is still around 4 days away but we’re tracking a disturbance moving into the area which could bring some...
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  • Garrett’s Blog: Lunar Eclipse Tonight

    Posted on: 9:23 pm, April 14, 2014, by , updated on: 09:40pm, April 14, 2014

    Tonight’s lunar eclipse will be visible across Arkansas starting around 1am thru 3am with total eclipse around 2:07am - 3:25am on...
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  • Garrett’s Blog: Sunday’s Storms

    Posted on: 11:36 am, April 13, 2014, by

    Scattered showers and thunderstorms will develop in Oklahoma and move into Arkansas late afternoon and evening. The storms are expected...
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  • Garrett’s Blog: Rainfall Totals

    Posted on: 2:53 pm, April 4, 2014, by

    The slow movement of the cold front last night led to higher rainfall totals in Northwest Arkansas and a lower...
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  • Garrett’s Blog: Potential Tornado Outbreak

    Posted on: 10:18 am, April 3, 2014, by

    The ingredients for a multi-state tornado outbreak are coming together for this afternoon and this evening. Storms will develop along...
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  • Garrett’s Blog: Mid-March Tornado Chances

    Posted on: 2:25 pm, March 19, 2014, by

    The unusually cold winter and colder than normal start to the Spring season could lead to limited severe weather or...
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  • Garrett’s Blog: Sunday Snow

    Posted on: 6:58 am, March 16, 2014, by , updated on: 12:38pm, March 16, 2014

    ***Update: Snow continues to fall across Northwest Arkansas as the rain changes over with the cold air arriving. Due to...
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  • Garrett’s Blog: Snow Chances Sunday

    Posted on: 10:58 am, March 15, 2014, by

    A mostly rain dominate event will affect the area over this weekend with several inches of rain possible on Saturday...
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  • Adventure Arkansas: Hot Springs

    Posted on: 10:36 pm, March 13, 2014, by , updated on: 10:09am, March 14, 2014

    This week we loaded up the Adventure Arkansas Subaru and hit the road to Hot Spring Arkansas.  The drive is...
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  • Garrett’s Blog: A Week Later, Nearly 40-50º Warmer!

    Posted on: 1:30 pm, March 10, 2014, by , updated on: 05:08pm, March 10, 2014

    What’s the old saying? “If you don’t like Arkansas Weather: Just wait a few days.” In less than a week’s...
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  • Garrett’s Blog: Why is Arkansas So Poor at Snow Removal?

    Posted on: 2:26 pm, March 5, 2014, by , updated on: 03:38pm, March 5, 2014

    The latest West Memphis I-40 and I-55 snow traffic debacle has me asking the same question raised months ago after Northwest Arkansas...
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