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
  • A Break In The Heat For Sunday

    Temperatures will a bit cooler today, with highs topping out in the 80s. This is much closer to where we should be for this time of year!  The break in the heat is only temporary though. Another heat wave will move in by the middle of this upcoming week. Even though it will be a lot cooler, the heat index will still be “very high.”  Make sure you still lather on the sunscreen! -Matt

  • Tracking Thunderstorms

    Scattered showers with a few thunderstorms have developed along an outflow boundary leftover from early morning storms in Kansas and Missouri. This boundary will gradually sag south with time and eventually be overrun by a cold front. The atmosphere ahead of the front is unstable enough for a few severe storms this afternoon into the early evening. Damaging winds would be the main risk with any of the stronger storms. All storms should be exiting or out of the area […]

  • Tracking Saturday Showers & Thunderstorms

    Active weather is expected for Saturday with a cold front nearing the region. There will be two chances for rain Early Saturday a storm complex in Kansas and Missouri will make a run at NW Arkansas before fading. As the front arrives from 2pm-6pm, scattered thunderstorms are expected to develop. A few could be severe. This is how the hour-by-hour forecast currently looks… The storms will be most robust in Kansas but should start to fall off by the morning […]

  • Heat Advisory In Effect Friday

    A Heat Advisory has been issued for Friday and will likely be reissued for Saturday as well. Heat index values in the Greater Fort Smith area will range from 105-110º in the afternoon while in NW Arkansas the heat index will be just under the advisory criteria but still very hot near 100º. The heatwave will be short lived with a weak front moving into our area on Sunday with slightly lower temperatures (but still hot) highs will be closer […]

  • Another Round Of Late-Night Storms

    The remainder of Wednesday will feature mostly sunny skies with the limited chance for a shower or isolated thunderstorm across SW Arkansas in the higher terrain. Looking ahead… Yet another complex of showers and thunderstorms will arrive after midnight and closer to around 4am on Thursday. Lightning, brief gusty winds, and localized heavy rain will be possible. The complex will weaken early in the day on Thursday with sunny skies expected for the afternoon. -Garrett

  • Tracking Thunderstorms: Hour-By-Hour

    Thunderstorms continue to move into the area and will be most likely from 3am until around 7am Wednesday. While most thunderstorms will not be severe, a few storms will contain strong gusty winds and lots of cloud to ground lightning. 1AM WEDNESDAY: Storms in Oklahoma will begin making their way closer to our area. A few storms could still be severe at this time. 3AM WEDNESDAY: Showers and thunderstorms will be likely across our area with with at least a […]

  • Thunderstorms Expected Overnight

    A complex of thunderstorms will move into NW/West Central Arkansas late Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. The arrival time appears to be around 3am with storms exiting around 6am Wednesday. The severe risk is low; however, a few thunderstorms could continue some brief gusty winds. The storms are developing as the ridge of high pressure flattens across the area for the next two day. Another round of thunderstorms will be possible on Wednesday night into Thursday. As the ridge strengthens, […]

  • Tracking Isolated Thunderstorms

    Isolated thunderstorms continue across our area this afternoon and evening with most storms expected to fade with the loss of daytime heating after sunset. Brief gusty winds, lightning, & heavy rain will be possible with the strongest storms. The storms will be fast movers; clearing out less than an hour after they arrive with noticeably cooler temperatures. -Garrett

  • Hot Memorial Day

    Hot weather will continue for the next several days with a few scattered showers and thunderstorms possible on Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. Isolated rain chances will continue Wednesday afternoon and then again into Thursday with the heat of the day. Afternoon highs return to the 90s by late-week with another significant warming trend expected for next weekend. -Garrett

  • Weather Update: Tracking Friday’s Thunderstorms

    Showers and thunderstorms will continue across our area for Friday. The best chance for storms will be from 3pm-8pm with a noticeable decrease in activity after sunset. While most storms will not be severe a few storms will have brief gusty winds and plenty of cloud to ground lightning. This is the weak disturbance causing the showers and storms. Unlike yesterday when the storm motion was erratic, today’s storms will generally track from the northwest to the southeast. 4PM FRIDAY: […]

  • Afternoon Thunderstorms Again Underway

    Showers and thunderstorms have once again developed with daytime heating. Some of the storms could contain brief gusty winds and small hail but most storms will fade with the loss of daytime heating around 7pm. Widespread severe weather is not anticipated; however a few storms could contain strong wind gusts. As of 2pm, storms we developing across much of the area. These storms are expected to increase in intensity and areal coverage into the evening before fading. -Garrett

  • Thunderstorms Continue; Here’s What’s Next

    Thunderstorms continue across the River Valley this afternoon with decreasing storms in NW Arkansas. Storms are expected to diminish area wide later this evening after sunset. Another round of thunderstorms will be likely tomorrow; again occurring with peak daytime heating from 1pm-7pm. Hot weather is likely for the weekend with highs back into the upper 80s to near 90. -Garrett