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: Low Tornado Count in 2016

    Both in Arkansas and across the country the tornado count is lower than average as we head towards the end of 2016. In the United States, this year ranks below the average of 1,402 but nowhere near the record year of 2011. In Arkansas, we average around 33 tornadoes; this year we’ve had 24. This week, a cold front will arrive on Friday morning with a chance for showers and thunderstorms. Rainfall totals will be light as this system quickly […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: We Need Rain; Winter Outlook is Dry

    It’s been a dry year. In NW Arkansas we’re -10.84 below normal; in the Fort Smith area, we’re -12.27 below normal. That’s 28% less than we normally see this time of year and it doesn’t look like any big rain events will affect us in the coming days. The best chance for rain this week will be on Friday with a fast moving cold front. This is a look at the areas of rain arriving early in the day on […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: “Super Moon Still Bright”

    While the peak of the Super Moon occurred at 5:23am Monday, the moon will still be big and bright in the sky this evening. The reason the moon looks bigger and brighter is because it’s closer to Earth than normal. The moon will rise at 5:48pm Monday night in Fort Smith and 5:46pm in Fayetteville.    

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    Garrett’s Blog: Warm, Dry November Expected

    The latest outlook from the Climate Prediction Center follows the trend of recent weather with warmer and drier conditions expected into the next month. The highest likelihood of warm weather is expected across the Rockies into Central Plains; including Arkansas and Oklahoma. Drier than normal weather is also expected across the South and Southern Plains; including our area. In NW Arkansas normal temperatures start the month around 65º and by the end of the month around 52º. In Fort Smith, […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Timing. A Few Severe Storms This Evening

    The end to the unseasonable warmth arrives this evening with a strong cold front pushing into the area from the northwest. There will be a narrow time-frame for severe thunderstorms ahead of the cold front. The cold front will eventually undercut the updrafts for the storms ending the severe weather risk this evening. The timing for severe storms appears to be from 5pm-11pm; the storms from 7pm-9pm might be the strongest before weakening. The risk area includes NW Arkansas and […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Chilly! Rain, Then Near 90º Soon. Then Another Cold Front.

    It’s been a chilly, raw day across the area with temperatures hovering in the 50s and 60s with overcast skies. The lowest cloud deck is around 900ft above the surface in NW Arkansas and around 1300ft above the surface in Fort Smith. The result is one of those overcast days where it looks like it could rain at any minute. Rain chances pick back up this evening into tomorrow morning. You can see the drop off over the last 24 hours […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Colder Air Spilling South; Rain Gone By Thursday Morning

    Temperatures continue to fall quickly across the area with the cold front making it’s way across Arkansas. By Thursday morning, we’ll wake up to very chilly weather with morning temperatures in the 40s and 50s. The cold weather won’t last long with highs bouncing back into the mid 80s by Monday in NW Arkansas. In the River Valley, highs will be in the upper 80s as early as next week. The next round of rain will arrive in the area […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Wet Weather For I49 Drive Home

      A cold front continues to move across the area and rain is likely up and down I49 for the evening commute home. The rain will slowly advance south this evening but the heaviest showers should remain in NW Arkansas. Expect very chilly conditions into the overnight with lows in the 40s and a chilly day again on Thursday. Garrett

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    Garrett’s Blog: Rain This Week; Cool Won’t Last… Again

    There are two really good chances for rain this week. Wednesday night into Thursday Thursday night into Friday afternoon. The best chance in Friday morning, that’s when it will be most widespread. This is a look at Wednesday Night’s cold front you can see the line of rain moving in from the north. The front on Wednesday will make a dent in temperatures but the warm air returns fast for the weekend. This is a look at Friday morning and […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: “Black Moon” on Friday Night

    Black Moon on Friday Night? What? It’s not really as rare or as apocalyptic as what posts on social media would have you believe. When two Full Moons happen in one month; it’s called a Blue Moon. When two New Moons happen in one month; it’s called a Black Moon. A New Moon occurs when the Moon is positioned between the Earth and the Sun and is not visible from Earth. It’s one of the nights referred to as no-moon […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Persimmon Seeds & Winter Outlook

    According to weather folklore, the shape of your persimmon seed will determine whether or not it’ll be a snowy or dry winter. The folklore is thought to date back to the days of the settlers and pioneers when they didn’t have any much to monitor the weather other than things like a thermometer to measure temperature or a barometer to measure pressure changes (falling pressure means rain’s on the way) etc. I couldn’t find the specific source for the folklore […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Hurricane Matthew

    A tropical storm in the eastern Caribbean has been upgraded to a hurricane with Hurricane Hunters finding winds of 75mph making it a Category 1 hurricane. It’s expected to strengthen to at least a Category 2 storm as it moves east of Jamaica. Hurricane Matthew is the 5th named storm of the 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season. The track of the storm will move west and intensification is likely as it moves close to warm equatorial waters. The storm will be […]