Garrett Lewis

Garrett Lewis, KFSM-TV's Chief Meteorologist, can be seen weeknights at 5, 6, & 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. In fact, Garrett's passion for weather led to an unusual hobby: collecting hailstones and freezing them in the refrigerator.

Garrett joined 5NEWS in December 1999 and went on-air in July of 2001. Garrett now works as the Chief Meteorologist and can be seen at 5, 6, and 10 p.m. on 5NEWS. Garrett first attended Westark College (Now, University of Arkansas - Fort Smith). His weather credentials come from Mississippi State University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geosciences with an emphasis in Broadcast Meteorology.

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's hobbies include weight training, bicycling, running, mountain climbing, playing acoustic guitar, and working closely with the local church.

You may hear Garrett on the HAM radio during severe weather. His call sign is KD5OMI. During severe weather the MAX5 Storm Team coordinates with local Skywarn Storm Spotters as well as the National Weather Service in both Little Rock and Tulsa to share emergency information.

Garrett and his wife, Ashley, have been married for 9 years and welcomed their first son, Graham, in the spring of 2011.

Recent Articles

  • Video: Thundersleet

    Posted on: 9:39 pm, March 2, 2014, by , updated on: 09:43pm, March 2, 2014

    Thunderstorms with sleet occur when elevated thunderstorms develop on top of an arctic cold airmass. On March 2nd, 2014, thunderstorms...
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  • Garrett’s Blog: New Futurecast Timeline

    Posted on: 8:34 pm, March 1, 2014, by

    New data coming in regarding the timeline of the upcoming winter storm. Some of the details may change in the...
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  • Garrett’s Blog: Ice Accumulations

    Posted on: 7:43 pm, March 1, 2014, by , updated on: 07:47pm, March 1, 2014

    Although ice is possible across much of the area, the highest totals of over .10″ or greater are expected across...
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  • Garrett’s Blog: Winter Storm Moves in Sunday

    Posted on: 2:42 pm, February 28, 2014, by , updated on: 12:03pm, March 1, 2014

    Another outbreak of cold, arctic will surge south; at the same time, warm moisture will overrun the cold dome of...
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  • Garrett’s Blog: Friday Freezing Drizzle, Weekend Winter Blast

    Posted on: 4:28 pm, February 26, 2014, by , updated on: 04:31pm, February 26, 2014

    Several things to watch in the upcoming days. In the near-term, lows will be in the teens and 20s with...
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  • Garrett’s Blog: March Snow?

    Posted on: 3:24 pm, February 25, 2014, by , updated on: 03:29pm, February 25, 2014

    The relentless winter is set to continue right on into March with temperatures running some 10-20º below normal. Normal in...
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  • Garrett’s Blog: Weather Radios

    Posted on: 3:25 pm, February 24, 2014, by , updated on: 03:50pm, February 24, 2014

    We’ve partnered with Midland Radio & Harps this year to offer promotional pricing on Midland’s WR-120 S.A.M.E. technology radio. S.A.M.E....
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  • Garrett’s Blog: Upcoming Weekend Forecast

    Posted on: 2:13 pm, February 21, 2014, by , updated on: 02:15pm, February 21, 2014

    Overall, the upcoming weekend looks pretty good. We’re going to run into some small rain chances during the first part...
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  • Extreme Weather Week: Tornado Safety

    Posted on: 10:43 pm, February 20, 2014, by , updated on: 11:08am, February 21, 2014

    In this Extreme Weather Week, we look at tornado safety. In the recent tornado outbreak in May of 2013, most...
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  • Garrett’s Blog: Winds Blast Area

    Posted on: 9:22 pm, February 20, 2014, by , updated on: 02:15pm, February 21, 2014

    Strong low pressure pulled a cold front across the area today with strong winds to nearly 50mph reported across the...
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  • Extreme Weather Week: Invisible Tornadoes.

    Posted on: 10:34 pm, February 19, 2014, by , updated on: 11:16pm, February 19, 2014

    Very large tornado can often consist of multiple small tornadoes that are circling around the parent tornado. In the case...
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  • Garrett’s Blog: Winter Season In Context

    Posted on: 4:53 pm, February 12, 2014, by , updated on: 04:58pm, February 12, 2014

    Thought I would take a look at last year vs this year’s temperatures for both Northwest Arkansas and the River...
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