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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
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    Garrett’s Blog: Rain Chances, Then More Heat

    The ridge of high pressure that’s been anchored for the last several days is finally getting a nudge to the south with rain chances increasing across the area over the next several days. The front arriving from the north will stall around I40 before eventually moving back to the north on Thursday. Due to the increase in cloud cover and locally heavy downpours, temperatures should be a good 5-10º lower on Tuesday & Wednesday. Late week the heat returns and […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: A Hot & Windy Weekend

    A large ridge of high pressure with typical Arkansas summer weather is expected for the upcoming weekend. Highs will be in the mid to upper 90s with a heat index from 100-110º. On Sunday, you’ll notice an increase in the southwest winds across the region. Southwest west are typically drier winds; since dry air warms and cools faster than humid air, it’s likely the temperatures on Sunday could push the 100º mark in Fort Smith and SE Oklahoma. A weak […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Factors For Localized Flash Flooding

    Additional flash flooding will be possible this week with a slow moving cold front approaching from the north. On Sunday, July 5th, a handful of slow moving thunderstorms developed with peak daytime heating. A cluster of cells in particular, near Van Buren, dropped 6.87″ of rain in a few hours causing extensive flooding problems. The core of the heaviest cell over North Fort Smith and most of Van Buren was about 11 miles across and 8 miles wide. While most of […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Storms Friday Evening

    Storm development is underway with daytime heating in NE Oklahoma and NW Arkansas. The storms will be slow movers at just 15mph to the southeast, some will be severe with the potential for damaging winds and torrential rain. The best instability this afternoon was located across Eastern Oklahoma and NW Arkansas with lesser amounts towards Clarksville. The additional sunshine this afternoon will increase instability area wide with the chance for storms just about everywhere. 6pm Friday: Hi-Res Data is showing the […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Severe Storms Move Into Arkansas

    A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect until 9pm Thursday evening. Showers and thunderstorms will develop along a slow moving cold front. Given the high amount of instability from daytime heating, likely that these storms will contain damaging winds in excess of 50mph+. The storms will diminish in intensity with the loss of daytime heating after 8pm. The slow movement of the storms will cause locally heavy rainfall with as much as 1″+ in a short amount of time. Flash […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: July Outlook is Cooler Than Normal

    July is typically the hottest and the driest time of year for Arkansas and Oklahoma. We tend to see the majority of thunderstorms in the late afternoon or evening and the storms take on microbursts which contain damaging winds. Temperatures continue to increase this month although daylight hours actually diminish by around 34 minutes by the end of the month. In Northwest Arkansas, normal highs climb from 87º at the start of the month to around 90º at the end […]

  • Sunrise June 30th from Poteau Oklahoma. Photo: Romona Deleplank

    Garrett’s Blog: Canadian Smoke Tinting Arkansas & Oklahoma Skies

    The sky will have a red tint at both dusk and dawn tonight and tomorrow due to numerous wild fires burning in Canada. The smoke has traveled nearly 2,000 miles from Saskatchewan & Alberta where over 200 fires are currently burning. The smoke is being blown in from the upper level winds which are rotating clockwise around a large area of high pressure centered near the four corners. The GOES Visible Satellite shows the smoke plume Tuesday afternoon extending all […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Venus & Jupiter Overlap June 30th; Star of Bethlehem

    You may have noticed two “bright stars” in the sky shortly after dusk recently. The two bright spots are actually two of the brightest planets in the night sky: Jupiter & Venus. Since planets orbit the Sun on the Plane of the Ecliptic, Venus has been visually getting closer to Jupiter in the night sky each day this month. The closest point will be Tuesday evening when both planets will appear on top of each other creating a very bright “star” […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Thunderstorms Return For Holiday Weekend

    This week, the warmth and heat will continue to build with highs returning into the low to mid 90s. Thunderstorm chances will remain limited on Monday & Tuesday with a few more scattered storms developing on Wednesday. The Thursday – Saturday time frame will be the wettest with numerous showers and thunderstorms developing across the area. The heat ridge returns early next week. It does look like Independence Day will feature widespread showers and thunderstorms. The exact timing will be […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Friday’s Thunderstorms

    A cold front will move into the area from the northwest to the southeast during the day on Friday. Scattered showers and storms are expected along and behind the front. There will be enough instability for severe weather with the primary threat being damaging winds gusting to 50mph+. The threat quickly ends by evening with much lower humidity arriving from the north. Storms strongest from Noon-6pm Damaging winds main risk Threat over by 9pm Turning cooler and drier for the […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Cooler Weather Expected To End June

    It’s hot now… but we’ll enjoy some reasonably cooler temperatures to end the week and the month of June. Currently, a large ridge of high pressure is centered over Arkansas and Oklahoma. The northern edge of the ridge is in Missouri and that’s where the best chance for showers and thunderstorms will be this week. However, late week we’ll the ridge weaken and allow a front to arrive from the north. This image shows the jet stream pattern for Friday night, […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Unsettled All Weekend; Next Week

    After a week of sunny weather and warm temperatures, the weather pattern is about to be active again for several days. A slow moving upper low will press into the south-central plains over the weekend. The heaviest rain will remain along path of the jet stream and on the northern edge of the ridge of high pressure. A large influx of moisture will be moving in from the Gulf of Mexico. The combined result will be frequent rounds of showers […]

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