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
  • View Real-Time Temperatures & Heat Index Where You Live.

    The Heat Advisory has been expanded to include our entire area. Here’s a look at real-time temperatures and the heat index… -Garrett  

  • Garrett’s Blog: The Rest of July’s Outlook

    Despite a relatively mild start to summer the furnace is expected to really ramp up for late late-July into early August. The Climate Prediction Center forecast for the next two week shows higher than normal chances for above normal temperatures in Arkansas and Oklahoma with most of the country above normal with the exception of the northeast. Rain could trend below normal for our area for the remainder of July. Year-to-date rainfall continues to be above normal locally with +9.29″ […]

  • Garrett’s Blog: Hottest Week Of The Year

    The big story this week is the ridge of high pressure with some of the hottest temperatures of the year. As the ridge expands across our area temperatures will climb into the 90s to near 100º. The most likely day to hit 100º will be Thursday or Friday with the ridge flattening out by the weekend and slightly lower rain temperatures and minimal rain chances. Hot weather will continue for the foreseeable future… It’s summer! Garrett

  • Garrett’s Blog: Break From Heat With Scattered Rain

    So far this Summer, we’ve yet to see 100º temperatures and looking forward it doesn’t appear we’ll have any 100º highs in the next week or so. The last time we hit 100º in Fayetteville was August 7th of 2012. We did hit 100º in Fort Smith last year on August 12th. This high pressure ridge will slide west on Friday and Saturday with a temporary relief from the heat. 5PM Friday: Expect scattered showers and thunderstorms to develop across […]

  • Garrett’s Blog: July 4th Firework Forecast

    Scattered showers with a few thunderstorms will continue to be possible after dark but the majority of showers and storms will end. The upper low responsible for the rain will be in the area tonight and tomorrow with additional thunderstorms developing tomorrow afternoon. Rain could be more of a factor in NW Arkansas than farther south in the Fort Smith area since NWA is closer to the upper low. Sunset: 8:36pm; Civil Twilight (Complete darkness):  9:05pm Here’s the current forecast… 8PM […]

  • Garrett’s Blog: Tracking Another Storm Complex

    Another complex of showers and thunderstorms will affect all of us in the very early morning hours of July 4th. While the complex of storms will lose much of it’s intensity as it tracks from Oklahoma into Arkansas a few isolated severe wind gusts are possible. Expect another 1-2″ of locally heavy rain which could cause localized flash flooding. The heaviest rain on July 4th will be in the morning with more scattered development in the afternoon and evening with […]

  • Garrett’s Blog: Large Hail Hits River Valley

    Severe storms with strong winds and hail moved across the Arkansas River Valley on Friday night dropping large hail across the region. This is the path of the hail. The core of largest hail tracked across NE Leflore County into Riley Farm near Tennessee Ridge Road and then over to near Greenwood, Arkansas. Many of the hail storms were larger than golfball size in this area. A few storms are possible on Saturday and Sunday but the overall risk of […]

  • Garrett’s Blog: Stormy Friday Night; Flash Flooding Risk

    A complex of thunderstorms is underway across Oklahoma and will transition into Arkansas Friday evening into the overnight. Some of the storms will be severe with damaging winds the primary concern. In addition, the slow movement and heavy nature of the thunderstorms will cause localized flash flooding with 2-4″ in some spots. The heaviest rain is expected to be over around 2-3am with lingering areas of lighter rain into Saturday. -Garrett  

  • Garrett’s Blog: Two Rounds Of Storms Friday

    The chance for severe storms returns on Friday with a weak cold front dropping in from the north. With the strongest storms, damaging wind will be the primary threat in addition to locally heavy rainfall. The two rounds of storms will bookend the day on Friday. Expect storms Friday morning to start the day. Expect the next round Friday after sunset to end the day. Here’s how it looks hour-by-hour and what we’re thinking about the timing. The timing of […]

  • Garrett’s Blog: Rain Timing On Friday

    Rain chances return on Friday with scattered showers and thunderstorms moving in from north along a stalling cold front. The front will gradually lose definition over the weekend with rain chances becoming more focused on the late afternoon and evening hours into the first part of next week. 3AM FRIDAY: The first round moves in late Thursday into Friday morning. The latest data is hinting at an early morning round of showers and thunderstorms sometime during the first part of […]

  • Garrett’s Blog: Stalling Front; Widespread Weekend Rain

    The big weather story late this week and into the weekend will be the stalling cold front across the area with chances for showers and thunderstorms starting on Friday and continuing into the early next week. Rain totals over a 3-5 day stretch should be well over 1″ with many areas closing in on around 2-3″ by the time Monday rolls around. The lack of upper level winds (which is typical this time of year) is a double-edged sword. The […]

  • Garrett’s Blog: Storm Complex Around Midnight

    The highest risk for severe storms on Thursday will be in the Wichita area as thunderstorms erupt with daytime heating and eventually form a complex that tracks to the southeast late tonight into the early morning hours on Friday. At Midnight the complex will begin arriving in NW Arkansas with damaging winds as the main threat. At 1AM, storms will continue to advance south and southeast towards the Fort Smith area. Storms will start to transition out of our area […]