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: Tracking The Snow Hour-By-Hour

    5NEWS has implemented a Winter Weather Alert Day for Friday January 6th, 2017 for light snow which is expected to fall along and south of the I40 corridor in West Central Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma.  A Winter Weather Alert Day is issued when winter weather is expected to affect travel or cause widespread delays or disruptions to your daily routine. During an Alert Day, expect more blogs, more video forecasts online, more Facebook Live broadcasts, & more coverage on-air about […]

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    Winter Weather Advisory Issued

    A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for portions of West Central Arkansas and SE Oklahoma. Late Thursday night, light snow is expected to move in from Oklahoma with accumulations around 1″ or less. Although accumulations will be light, it will be enough to cause road surfaces to be slick and hazardous on Friday morning; especially locations along and south of I40. Additional blog posts and forecast updates to follow this afternoon. -Garrett

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    Garrett’s Blog: Snow Friday Targets South of I40

    An area of light snow will move across the area late Thursday night into Friday morning. While accumulations are expected to be light (1″ of less for most) it still may cause problems on bridges and overpasses on Friday morning. The timing of the snow would be after midnight late Thursday and around 2-6am Friday. The higher elevation of the Ouachitas could pick up around an inch or more with most locations picking up minimal amounts around one-half inch or […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Bitter Wind Chill Wednesday Morning, Snow Thursday?

    The wind chill on Wednesday morning will be down into the teens and in some cases single digits. Wednesday’s highs will be very chilly as well with temperatures only in the upper 30s to near 40º Snow chances… well, it isn’t much. This is a map that shows the probability of up to 1″ of snow. The chances are very low but I think the chances of very light snow (perhaps up to 1/2″) are possible for much of the […]

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    Dense Fog Into Tuesday Morning

    A Dense Fog Advisory is in effect for much of the area overnight with visibility falling to less than 1/4 of a mile in some locations. The thickest fog will be located in places where the winds are calm and the sky is clear. The arrival of the front should increase the winds towards tomorrow morning which will mix out any remaining fog but until the winds pick up, some areas of fog may persist into the morning drive. -Garrett

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    Garrett’s Blog: 2016 Tornado Count Near Record Low

    The 2016 tornado count was at a historic minimum for the country and will probably be the lowest on record once the preliminary reports have been finalized. Tornado reports were half of the number in the last historic maximum year on record in 2011 when the annual count topped 1,800 tornadoes. Because of multiple tornado reports for the same tornado the final number is usually adjusted downward from the preliminary reports. In 2016, the preliminary number was 1060; the adjusted […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Expect Rain Monday

    Showers with thunderstorms will move into the area on Monday arriving in the morning and continuing into the early afternoon. This image shows the showers and thunderstorms moving in around 9am but a few showers might already be underway by that time. By 11am, most of us will have rain falling with heavier rain in central and south Arkansas. Rainfall totals will be around 1/2″ with lower amounts in Benton County and higher amounts towards Scott County. The rain will be […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Upcoming Major Cold Spell Could Last Weeks

    One of the ways to forecast extended warm or cold spells is to look upstream to see how the pattern is unfolding. Since temperature causes air to expand or shrink, one way of looking at how the atmosphere will unfold is using heights. This map shows height anomalies and what catches my eye is the massive ridging that’s developing over the Pacific Northwest into Alaska. By the way, this map is for the second week of January around 13th. As […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Weather New Year’s Eve at Midnight

    Minimal rain chances will return to the area heading into the weekend but it appears New Year’s Eve will be relatively mild for winter standards. The highest rain chances this weekend to the east. The next big cold blast arrives on Wednesday, January 4th. Midnight temperatures in NW Arkansas will be around 35º to start 2016. Expect Fort Smith’s temperature to be near 43º; cold enough for a jacket. For rain accumulation in the 6-hours leading up to Midnight, the […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Yes, It’s Been Warm, But…

    Christmas 2016 will go down as one of the warmest on record for our area with temperatures nearly 30º above normal. The unseasonably warmth will end this week with a cool down expected. Over the next two weeks, temperatures will be more in line with what we would expect for January with highs in the 40s and lows in the 20s. The next major arctic blast looks to arrive just after the New Year; probably around January 4th. This Christmas […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Line Of Storms Christmas Evening

    Temperatures continue above normal across our area with a warm front located to our north and our area under the influence of unseasonably warm south winds pushing temperatures to near 70º. A cold front was located to the west of our area and will arrive later this evening with showers and thunderstorms developing along the front. The severe weather risk has been downgraded and continues to be very low. While thunderstorms are likely, the risk of strong damaging winds is […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Dense Fog Advisory Early Saturday

    Locally dense fog will continue across the area early on Saturday with temperatures hovering in the mid to upper 40s. The fog should lift around 10am Saturday. Mostly cloudy skies are expected for Christmas Evening with a warm and windy Christmas Day with highs near 70º for many of us. -Garrett