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
  • Watch: Tracking Rain; Here’s When Showers End

    Showers continue across the region as a weak area of low pressure passes across Kansas and Arkansas. Rain will persist into the evening although it becomes lighter and more like drizzle after sunset. The rain is expected to shift east by midnight with mostly dry weather on Thursday. Another weak system arrives Thursday evening but moisture is even more limited so rain amounts and coverage should be much less than we’re experiencing today. Here’s an hour-by-hour look at the remainder […]

  • Rain Returns Wednesday

    After a terrific Tuesday with mostly sunny skies, rain will push back into the area on Wednesday morning with scattered rain showers likely into the afternoon. Rain totals will be around 1/2″ with locally higher amounts. Severe weather is unlikely; although, a few rumbles of thunder will be possible. Rain shifts east by evening with dry weather for most of Thursday. Rain Wednesday Isolated showers late Thursday night Sunny (Perfect!) weekend. Severe weather first week of May Here’s the hour-by-hour […]

  • WATCH: Sunny And Warmer Today, Rain Returns Wednesday

    Skies will be mostly sunny today and highs will warm into the 70s areawide. More widespread rain will arrive by early Wednesday. Up to 0.50″ will be possible Wednesday.     Hour-by-hour forecast for Northwest Arkansas: Hour-by-hour forecast for the River Valley: Rain forecast for Wednesday:

  • Lingering Sunday Rain

    Lingering showers will continue on Sunday as an upper low slowly moves across the area. Breezy northeast winds will continue for most of the day with occasional sprinkles or light showers possible all day. The rain will diminish by late evening with clearing skies for the start of the workweek. Here’s an hour-by-hour look: SUNDAY 8AM: Pockets of heavier rain will continue across NW Arkansas SUNDAY: NOON: The heavier areas of rain will exit to the east but lingering sprinkles […]

  • Timing The Rain This Weekend

    Rain is likely this weekend. Here are the main highlights: Spotty rain early Saturday; Heavy showers after Noon The best chance for rain is Saturday evening Severe weather risk is very low; higher in Texas Cold light rain Sunday morning Rain end Sunday afternoon with breezy northwest winds Hour-by-hour, Here’s how it plays out: 8AM SATURDAY:  Spotty showers are possible but the heaviest is to the west. NOON SATURDAY: Heavier rain continues to advance east into our area. 5PM SATURDAY: […]

  • Brief Cool-down; Weekend Rain

    Temperatures this afternoon are running around 10º cooler than this time yesterday. These were our morning lows on Thursday. A few valley locations probably came close to freeze. On Friday, we’ll see a similar scenario play out… These are forecast lows for Friday morning. While most locations will be above freezing a few spots across the Ozarks may see a brief frost. There severe weather risk on Saturday should remain well south of our area and confined to central and […]

  • Arkansas 22. Oklahoma 0.

    The 2018 Arkansas tornado count is at 22 after more tornadoes were confirmed from the storms that hit The Natural State on Friday, April 13th. Oklahoma has yet to have a tornado. The latest start to Tornado Season in Oklahoma was April 26th, 1962, with unseasonably cool temperatures for the rest of this week into the weekend the record could be tied or broken by next Thursday. -Garrett

  • Near Freezing Tonight; Rain This Weekend

    The big story for the rest of the week will be the gorgeous Spring weather with highs near 70º and chilly overnight low. In fact, some locations could get close to freezing on Thursday or even Friday morning in NW Arkansas. South winds return late-week with rain chances arriving for Saturday. The best chance for rain appears to be Saturday night into Sunday morning. Unlike last week, severe weather will not be an issue as the worst storms are expected to […]

  • Tornado Survey & Monday Freeze Warning

    Freeze Warnings have been issued for Monday morning with another cold morning to start the work-week. Highs during the week will climb into the 70s with plenty of sunshine. A dry cold front arrives on Wednesday with a slight decrease in temperatures. Another (stronger) front arrives over the weekend with widespread rain and another chance for severe weather. The National Weather Service storm survey team continues with new areas being looked at in Lavaca. -Garrett

  • Garrett Checks Out Some Of Mountainburg’s Tornado Damage

    MOUNTAINBURG (KFSM) — Chief Meteorologist Garrett Lewis reports from some of the EF-2 tornado damage in the Mountainburg area.

  • LIVE Updates: Tracking Severe Storms

    Severe storms are expected across the area on Friday. This is a live blog with updates on the situation as it unfolds from the 5NEWS Weather Team as well as the 5NEWS Newsroom.

  • Tornado Watch Until 10 p.m.

    A new TORNADO WATCH has been issued for our entire area until 10pm Friday. Strong to severe storms including a few tornadoes will be possible in the next few hours.