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: Aurora Borealis Possible Tonight

    A big solar storm will cause aurora borealis to be visible across much of the northern United States. One a scale of 1-10 this is a 7 and should be widely visible where weather permits. According to the  Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, it might been seen at southern latitides as well. Possibly as far south as Little Rock, Oklahoma City… and yes, Fort Smith & Fayetteville. The developing fog will reduce visibility and the weather is […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Warmer Than Normal Into Mid-November

    It’s hard to believe the end of 2015 is just around the corner! Now that the clocks are set back an hour it’s probably starting to feel more and more like the cool season; although, the weather early this month is forecast to be above normal with temperatures and rainfall. The next big rain-maker for our area hit on Thursday into Friday. Here’s a look at a typical November… In Fayetteville, we typically see our first snowfall in November and […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: 2015 Rainfall is 114% of Normal!

    Rain totals for the year are already over the annual average for the Fort Smith area and just shy of the normal yearly rainfall in Northwest Arkansas. Yearly rainfall for 2015 is 114% of normal for the River Valley and 98% of normal for NW Arkansas. This is already the 13th wettest for Fort Smith since record keeping started in the late 1800s, it’s the 35th wettest in Fayetteville. The rain that fell on Wednesday was concentrated in Northwest Arkansas […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Asteroid Discovered This Month Passes Earth on Halloween

    Well, here’s something you don’t hear everyday… Earlier this month, October 10th, astronomers in Hawaii spotted a previously undiscovered asteroid. It’s been given the official name TB 145 but since it’s going to pass very close to Earth on Halloween it’s been nicknamed “spooky” or even the “Great Pumpkin”. It’s 1/4 of a mile wide and travelling at 79,000 miles per hour. Astronomers refer to it as an NEO or “Near Earth Object”; there are about 5,000 of them around […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Planning Around Halloween Rain

    Another weekend, another rain chance. Like last weekend, this system will also cause another round of heavy, soaking rain with over an inch possible. The weekend system is still several days away but I wanted to share with you the current forecast trend to help you plan as the weekend gets closer. Before we dig into the model precipitation, let’s take a look at what’s causing the rain. Saturday: Rising air in the atmosphere causes rain. Some of the highest […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Fall Color Nearing Peak; More Rain Soon

    With a sunset now around 6:30pm the days continue to grow shorter and the decreasing sunlight is causing the fall color to increase in the coming days. The best time to see colors in the Ozarks will be this upcoming weekend: Oct31/Nov 1st but the colors should continue for the first full week of November. Farther south, the colors will peak closer to the weekend of Nov 7/8th while places like the Ouachitas near Mt Ida & Queen Wilhelmina should […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Rainy Weather Arriving Friday

    Widespread showers and a few embedded thunderstorms will affect most of our area into the weekend. The rain will first arrive early Friday morning and then continue into Saturday. After a break Sunday, another area of heavy rain arrives on Tuesday of next week. Severe weather is unlikely and the worst of the flooding will remain to our south in Texas where up to a foot of rain is expected. Here are the main points; Heaviest rain on Friday into […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Huge Temperature Drop on Friday

    Temperature have been anywhere from 10-15º above the normal for this time of year with records already tied on Wednesday and more records will be challenged on Thursday. The cold front will arrive overnight Thursday into Friday and will lead to much cooler weather for the weekend with highs in the 60s to near 70. Due to a lack of humidity, widespread heavy rain is not likely but a few stray showers will be possible near sunrise on Friday. The […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Friday Front & Rain Chances

    A weekend break from the heat will arrive on Friday with a quick return to above normal temperatures as early as Sunday. We’ll have a few rain showers along the front but skies will clear quickly on Friday night with great weather and cool temperatures for Friday night. The rain chances should be confined to the first part of the day Friday. Rain is likely to be spotty and rain totals should be less than .25″. Futurecast shows scattered pockets […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Mid-October Heat Wave Coming Soon

    Temperatures have been feeling like fall and comfortable lately but the trend changes for the middle of October with above normal high temperatures expected for the next 2 weeks with some highs was warm as 90 next week. The upper level pattern shows a large ridge with a west to east flow in the atmosphere. This pattern causes downsloping winds off the Rockies and leads to substantial warmth across the central Plains which eventually moves into our area. This is […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Friday Morning Coldest Since May!

    Clear skies, calm winds & a building ridge of high pressure will bring the coldest temperatures to the area since May last spring. Temperatures are forecast to be in the low 40s in Northwest Arkansas and upper 40s in the River Valley. The last time temperatures were this cold was May 22nd in Fayetteville when temperatures fell to 43º. In Fort Smith, the last time we hit 49º was May 1st. Cool weather will continue for the next several days […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Much Cooler Late Week

    Another run of warmer than normal temperatures will continue into Tuesday with highs in the mid to low 80s. The first front will arrive on Wednesday with drier air for late week. Another front arrives by the weekend with even cooler temperatures into Saturday. The timing and intensity is still in question but it appears we’ll see rain at some point (probably on Saturday) followed by an extended trend of below normal temperatures for the first week of October. Temperatures […]


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