Semi Truck Carrying Explosives Crashes Along Interstate 40 Near Ozark

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: Rain Tuesday

    Much needed rain will finally arrive late tonight into Tuesday with temperatures held down into the 40s due to clouds and rainfall. The highest rainfall amounts will likely occur along and south of I40 with lesser amounts in NW Arkansas. Here’s an hour-by-hour look at Tuesday as the rain arrives and moves across the region. 6AM TUESDAY: Rainfall will move across the area with temperatures in the 40s. Rain should move into the area late on Monday into Tuesday morning. […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Rain On Valentine’s Day

    Rain chances for the upcoming week show the highest chance for rain on Valentine’s Day, Tuesday. Temperatures will be cool for the upcoming week will be in the 50s and 60s for highs and 30s for lows. Monday: 6AM Cool with passing clouds. Monday Noon: Clouds increase from the south. Monday 6PM: Rain in Oklahoma starts to spread east. This map shows Tuesday morning at 6AM, we should have an area of rain arriving from the west and overspreading the […]

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    Record Highs: How Hot Was It?

    Record highs were set across the area on Saturday with everyone reaching into the 80s. The hottest temperature ever recorded in the month of February in both Fayetteville and Fort Smith was 87º. Normal temperatures for today are around 50º. Cooler weather returns on Sunday with highs falling into the 50s with the passage of a cold front early on Sunday morning. Winds will also shift direction with a strong north wind instead of a strong south wind. -Garrett

  • Melissa Jones took this photo in NW Arkansas earlier this week as the Moon was approaching Full.

    Penumbral Lunar Eclipse Tonight

    Penumbral Lunar Eclipse. Image from Sky & Telescope The Moon will pass across the dusky part of the Earth’s shadow whereas a Total Eclipse is when the Moon passes across the Umbra. The time above are in Universal Time, here’s the conversion for our area: 22:32UT = 4:40pm Friday: Moon crosses into penumbra and slightly darkens 0:44 UT = 6:44pm Friday: Moon will be shaded in the dusky part of the Earth’s shadow 2:55UT = 9:55pm Friday: Moon will emerge […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Hot Saturday, Colder Sunday, Then Rain

    Saturday: Record highs will be set across the area with highs expected to be around 80º with breezy south winds. Additionally, the fire danger will continue to be high with low humidity and breezy winds. This map shows 3am on Sunday. The cold front will be moving across the area and turning the wind direction around from breezy south winds to breezy north winds. By Sunday morning the front will be across south Arkansas with temperatures falling from the north […]

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    Fort Smith Marathon Forecast

    This is the surface map for Sunday morning, the cold front will move across the area late Saturday and should be clear of our area by Sunday morning. Winds will be out of the north and northwest. Rain Sunday Morning at 6am should be to our south. By Noon Sunday, expect clear skies with rain to our south in South Arkansas, North Louisiana and Mississippi. Hour-By-Hour: Fort Smith Marathon 8am Sunday with different points along the way for those of […]

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    Fire Weather Watch In Effect Friday; Burning Banned

    The National Weather Service has all of NW Arkansas and the River Valley under a Fire Weather Watch for Friday. Winds will be breezy out of the southwest gusting to over 30mph with low relative humidity from 30-40%. The lack of rainfall and dry/dead vegetation will lead to high fire danger on both Friday and Saturday. Humidity is expected to increase on Sunday with the passage of a weak front and low rain chances. The strongest winds on Friday will […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Saturday: It’s Been 100 Years Since It Was This Hot, This Early

    Wow. This got my attention. Above is an except from the National Weather Service Forecast Discussion. I decided to pull some of the numbers to put this upcoming record into perspective. Fayetteville Normal:    50º Record:    72º Saturday: 79º In NW Arkansas, the data record doesn’t go as far back since the weather observation site was established later in time as the population grew. Interestingly, Fayetteville’s Drake Field has never recorded a temperature of 80º in January. The hottest was […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Cold Slowly Arriving; Won’t Last

    Temperatures Wednesday afternoon are as much as 30º higher in Russellville and Clarksville compared to the bitterly cold winds in Bentonville with temperatures in the low 40s and wind chill values in the 30s. The high temperature for the day has already been reached in NW Arkansas earlier this morning with 50s. Falling temperatures will continue into the evening and overnight. Thursday Morning: We’ll wake up to clear skies but freezing conditions across the area. There’s not much of an […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Watch How Severe Weather Migrates Seasonally

      Severe weather in February? Actually, it’s probably more common than you think. This highlighted area shows where severe weather is most common for the 7th of February. This is the storm report map that shows the location of severe weather reports; including the tornadoes in New Orleans. Click the animation above from Storm Prediction Center Warning Coordination Meteorologist Patrick Marsh. As the average location of jet stream winds shift from the Gulf of Mexico to the Northern United States […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Recent Rain, Drought, & Current Burn Bans

    In Arkansas, there are a handful of Burn Bans in N Central Arkansas but none in NW Arkansas as of the 2pm on Tuesday afternoon. Link to Arkansas Burn Bans In Oklahoma, Sequoyah & LeFlore are both under burn bans until further notice. Link to Oklahoma Burn Bans Last night’s rain totals were confined to the eastern part of our area with Waldron picking up around 1″ of rain and much more falling in Newton Co where a Flash Flood […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Record Breaking Heat

    Record breaking heat continues across the area with temperatures surging into the low and mid 70s. Record highs have already been set with an additional degree or two possible into the next few hours. Cooler temperatures are likely tomorrow with highs falling into the 60s; still warm for this time of year. More record high temperatures remain possible again on Saturday of this upcoming weekend. -Garrett