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
  • Garrett’s Blog: Irma Remnants Bring Clouds

    While Irma’s remnants continue to flood parts of Florida, we’ll see only minor affects locally. On Tuesday and Wednesday, Irma will swirls across Tennessee with wrap around cloud cover and a few showers attempting to advance into Arkansas. The northwest side of the low pressure is notoriously dry so any rain amounts should be minimal in the northeast to southwest flow. Long-term, a warming trend will continue into the weekend with highs climbing back to around 90º. There may be […]

  • Irma Crashes Into Florida; Landfall at Cudjoe Key, FL

    UPDATE: Hurricane Irma has made landfall at Cudjoe Key, Florida at 8:19am Sunday morning.   Hurricane Irma has restrengthened to a Category 4 Hurricane with winds over 130mph. The latest track of Irma will take the major hurricane across the west coast of Florida with devastating storm surge from Fort Myers to Tampa. Irma will be in Florida for the next 24-hours with the panhandle seeing the effects of the storms into Monday afternoon and evening. -Garrett

  • Garrett’s Blog: The Boomerang Hurricane Jose

    While all eyes are focused on Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Jose is also looming to the west and could still threaten the United States later this week. The path of Jose is interesting with a large loop taking place over the Atlantic before making another run at the United States towards the middle of end of next week. The data is all over the place but currently it does look like Jose will once again make another push towards the East […]

  • Meteorologists Garrett Lewis & Matt Standridge Track Hurricane Irma

  • Weather Blog: What’s Steering Hurricane Irma?

    The brown/gold color on the Water Vapor image shows the shortwave disturbance that’s blocking Hurricane Irma from moving into the Gulf of Mexico. The storm will pick up speed because of this shortwave and also cause it to weaken in terms of wind speed. The storm has been caught between two ridges of high pressure. The ridge to the east has been more dominate which has pushed Irma farther west than originally forecast. This track will push Irma into the […]

  • Irma Track Shifting West

    The latest track of Hurricane Irma has again shifted more to the west. This is likely due to frictional interaction over Cuba as the storm made a brief landfall late Friday night. Once the storm reemerges, it’ll take aim on Florida with a landfall likely late Saturday into Sunday. The latest track is significantly more westward with places like Fort Myers instead of Miami taking the worst of the storm. The orientation of the bays and inlets relative to the […]

  • Garrett’s Blog: Westward Irma Shift; Latest Track

    Irma’s track continues to shift to the west as it makes the slow turn to the north on Saturday. The current track places the greatest risk area on the west side of Florida from Fort Myers to Tampa. All model data has now shifted to the west with very little spread in the short-term. This track, along with the orientation of inlets like Charlotte Harbor or Tampa Bay will cause storm surge to affect a larger population as the storm […]

  • 5NEWS Weather: Water, Shear, & Heat: What to Watch as Irma Closes in on South Florida

    Hurricane Irma continues its path towards south Florida. Friday morning, the powerful cyclone was downgraded to a Category 4 storm. This however still classifies as a “catastropic” hurricane with sustained winds around 150mph. Will Irma strengthen once again or will it weaken? Here is an in-depth look from your 5NEWS Weather Team with what you can expect before the hurricane makes landfall. First of all Hurricanes needs a few ingredients to form or strengthen: Water, heat, and little-to-no outside winds. […]

  • Garrett’s Blog: Tracking: Irma, Katia, Jose, Lee?

    All eyes are on Irma as yet another major Hurricane is set to make landfall in the United States for the second time this year. I mapped the National Hurricane Center forecast into our weather system so it’ll automatically updates online for you here.  The latest data is just awful for the Miami area with a landfall after midnight late Saturday into Sunday as a powerful Category 4 storm. The trend of the data and uncertainty still encompasses much of […]

  • Garrett’s Blog: Sharply Cooler Tuesday

    A strong cold front is set to move across the area early in the day on Tuesday. This front will usher in much cooler temperatures with highs expected to be held down into the 70s. Breezy northwest winds will follow behind the front with occasional gusts from 20-30mph. Widespread soaking rain is not anticipated be a few showers will be likely along and behind the front. This is the front’s position at 7am on Tuesday with scattered rain still possible. […]

  • Garrett’s Blog: Labor Day Weekend Weather

    Expect comfortable weather for the upcoming Labor Day weekend with highs in the 80s. A few stray showers will be possible on Saturday with a weak disturbance passing across the area but most of us will stay dry. We’ll also see a warming trend with highs back to around 90 on Labor Day with sunny skies. Here’s how it looks hour-by-hour… SATURDAY 7AM: Scattered showers will develop across Central Oklahoma but fade as they move south. NOON SATURDAY: We’ll continue […]

  • Garrett’s Blog: September Outlook

    The below normal trend that accompanied us for the month of August appears to stick around into September with the Climate Prediction Center forecasting higher-than-normal chances of cool weather across most of Arkansas. There hasn’t been a correlation with a cool Fall and a colder than normal winter so it’s still too early to see how our Winter season will play out. In the short-term… Warm weather will be the trend heading into the weekend with highs in the upper […]