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.

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    Garrett’s Blog: ‘Super Blood Moon Eclipse’ This Month

    The last in a series of lunar eclipses will occur late this month on September 27th. It’s a somewhat unusual occurrence that follows a series of four full moon eclipses that are spaced out exactly six months at a time with no partial eclipses in between. Technically, this event is called a “lunar tetrad”. Here were the previous eclipses: April 14, 2014 October 7, 2014 April 4, 2015 September 27, 2015 In Arkansas, the full lunar eclipse will start at 9:11pm […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Major Cold Front; Below Normal Temperatures Soon!

    Two cold fronts are set to arrive in Arkansas this week. The first arrives on Tuesday night, with another sometime late week. Expect a large drop in temperatures and humidity heading into next weekend. This map from the Climate Prediction Center show a high probability for below normal temperatures for all of Arkansas from September 13-17th. The cool air that arrives later this week is expected to linger for at least another week. Normal highs this time of year are […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: When Will It Feel Like Fall?

    It’s September, but it sure doesn’t feel like it! September is marked by rapid change in our area with temperatures falling from normal highs in the 80s and 90s to the mid 70s at the end of the month. As I’m typing this blog at 4pm on Thursday, September 3rd, the heat index is nearly 100º! But it’s not this map that catches my eye; take a look at what’s going on farther to the northwest. As the sun angle […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Ragweed Made Worse By Wind & Dry Weather

    While most of the the notorious allergy producers occur in the Spring months, the late summer is when Ragweed allergies kick into full gear. According to one study at the University of Tulsa the peak concentration of airborne Ragweed allergens is around September 10th.  The highest amount of allergens occur with warm and windy weather; the lowest amount with humid & wet weather. The highest amounts of irritants in the atmosphere is around the 10am-3pm each day. Ragweed isn’t the […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Hints of Fall in September

    In the weather community we divide one year into four seasons consisting of three months because the weather during that time frame tends to be more consistent. Meteorological Fall includes the month of September, October, & November. The “official” start of fall or the autumnal equinox occurs on September 23rd when the Earth begins tilting away from the sun; on that date the Sun’s rays are directly above the equator. The equinox means we’ll have roughly equal hours of daylight and equal darkness. As […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: September’s First Week

    The first week of September will be characterized by small rain chances early, a calm high pressure ridge midweek, & eventual Labor Day cold front. Here’s a look at how the upper level winds will affect our weather over the next several days. The strongest upper level support remains in Canada with hot and typical late-summer conditions prevailing across much of the southern United States. Monday-Tuesday: A weak shear axis is located across parts of Texas and central Arkansas. This will […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Small Rain Chances Late-Week

    Awesome weather will continue for the next few days with cool morning and mild afternoons. We’ll see an increase in clouds on Thursday with limited rain chances returning to the area in the Friday/Saturday time frame. There won’t be a lot of humidity to work with so the overall amount and duration of rain appears to be low. Here is the weak disturbance that’s rotating around the high pressure ridge centered in the southwest. This is a look at Saturday […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Rain Totals High For 2015

    A quick look at the rainfall totals for our area shows the trend of above normal rainfall continuing. We’re well over 100% of normal for both Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley. In Fort Smith, we’re actually over the average amount of the entire year! Rain chances will be limited this week, but we’re watching late week into Saturday for an increase in clouds and perhaps a few showers. -Garrett

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    Garrett’s Blog: Near Record Lows Tonight

    Talk about an abrupt change! The cold front that brought the heavy rains overnight also dropped temperatures as much as 20º across much of the area. Heavy rainfall was also a big story today. Looking ahead, we may see some locally dense fog as the skies clear tonight and the wind calm down. Here’s a look at what to expect tomorrow morning. Fort Smith may break a record low, Fayetteville will come very close, as well. Rain chances return on […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: El Niño in Arkansas

    If you been following the news recently, El Niño is all the buzz. The discussion started when a climatologist for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory said the upcoming event had the potential to be the “The Godzilla of El Niños”. Godzilla aside, it does appear that this warming phenomena could be one of the strongest on record if the computer modelling verifies… and there is high confidence that it will; instead of just a few models showing the warming, all of them […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Perseid Meteor Shower

    One of the most visible meteor showers of the year takes place this week and the weather will be excellent for optimum viewing. The Perseid Meteor Shower occurs annually as the Earth passes into space debris from comet Swift-Tuttle. The meteors can be seen all this week but the peak should occur before sunrise on Thursday morning in the northeast sky. Up to 100 meteors per hour will be possible. The great thing this year is a New Moon will […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: The Hottest Weekend of 2015

    This weekend will be the hottest weekend so far this year. Highs are expected to climb into the low 100s in the Fort Smith area with mid 90s in Northwest Arkansas. Heat Index values will be dangerous; as high as 111º in the afternoon and evening. Previously this summer, the hottest official temperature in Northwest Arkansas was 94º and 100º in Fort Smith. Although Saturday will be hot it’s nowhere near the records of 109º in 2011 for Fort Smith and […]


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