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: Stormy Friday Night; Flash Flooding Risk

    A complex of thunderstorms is underway across Oklahoma and will transition into Arkansas Friday evening into the overnight. Some of the storms will be severe with damaging winds the primary concern. In addition, the slow movement and heavy nature of the thunderstorms will cause localized flash flooding with 2-4″ in some spots. The heaviest rain is expected to be over around 2-3am with lingering areas of lighter rain into Saturday. -Garrett  

  • Garrett’s Blog: Two Rounds Of Storms Friday

    The chance for severe storms returns on Friday with a weak cold front dropping in from the north. With the strongest storms, damaging wind will be the primary threat in addition to locally heavy rainfall. The two rounds of storms will bookend the day on Friday. Expect storms Friday morning to start the day. Expect the next round Friday after sunset to end the day. Here’s how it looks hour-by-hour and what we’re thinking about the timing. The timing of […]

  • Garrett’s Blog: Rain Timing On Friday

    Rain chances return on Friday with scattered showers and thunderstorms moving in from north along a stalling cold front. The front will gradually lose definition over the weekend with rain chances becoming more focused on the late afternoon and evening hours into the first part of next week. 3AM FRIDAY: The first round moves in late Thursday into Friday morning. The latest data is hinting at an early morning round of showers and thunderstorms sometime during the first part of […]

  • Garrett’s Blog: Stalling Front; Widespread Weekend Rain

    The big weather story late this week and into the weekend will be the stalling cold front across the area with chances for showers and thunderstorms starting on Friday and continuing into the early next week. Rain totals over a 3-5 day stretch should be well over 1″ with many areas closing in on around 2-3″ by the time Monday rolls around. The lack of upper level winds (which is typical this time of year) is a double-edged sword. The […]

  • Garrett’s Blog: Storm Complex Around Midnight

    The highest risk for severe storms on Thursday will be in the Wichita area as thunderstorms erupt with daytime heating and eventually form a complex that tracks to the southeast late tonight into the early morning hours on Friday. At Midnight the complex will begin arriving in NW Arkansas with damaging winds as the main threat. At 1AM, storms will continue to advance south and southeast towards the Fort Smith area. Storms will start to transition out of our area […]

  • Garrett’s Blog: Overnight/Morning Rain Chances

    The summerlike weather pattern has set up shop for the next week or so with a few rain chances as the result of either a complex of overnight/morning storms or pop-up storms with daytime heating. A better chance for more widespread rain will arrive on Sunday with a weak cold front pushing into the area. This image shows an area of rain to our west after midnight, early on Thursday morning. This could continue to move SE with a chance […]

  • Severe Storms Leave Damage Across Area

    Numerous severe thunderstorms moved across the area late Saturday with numerous reports of trees and power lines down across the area. Some of the worst damage was from Sallisaw to Fort Smith with extensive damage in Van Buren area. Numerous trees were reported downed on homes and vehicles. Roof damage was reported in the Van Buren area. Several trees fell on vehicles across the River Valley. In Clarksville, this two car garage was upended. Trees were also uprooted in the […]

  • Numerous Storm Threats Approaching Area

    The severe threat has started its transition into our area. As of 8 p.m., there are three areas we’re concerned about: Damaging wind risk is very high in NW Arkansas with storms coming in from Oklahoma. Supercell SW of Tulsa will track east-southeast and may pose risk to Fort Smith area. Supercells in SE Oklahoma will move east-northeast into SE Oklahoma and potentially West Central Arkansas. -Garrett

  • Severe Weather Event LIVE Blog; Link to Watch LIVE Coverage

    Severe weather is expected across the area this evening. Damage reports and updates will be posted here as information becomes available. Watch LIVE coverage at this link as storms move into the area

  • Watch In Effect Until Midnight; Storms Developing

    Thunderstorms are developing in Oklahoma and will continue to move east in Arkansas this evening. The Tornado Watch goes until midnight. We continue to be most concerned with any isolated rotating cells that develop and any bow segments. The threat is expected to shift east by midnight. -Garrett

  • Severe Storms Saturday Evening

      An outbreak of severe thunderstorms is expected across Arkansas, Oklahoma and Missouri this evening. Isolated cells will contain hail up to baseball size as well as the potential for strong tornadoes. Small line-segments are expected to develop with a high-end damaging wind potential…at time exceeding hurricane force. The timeline is late evening into the overnight. This is the hi-res model data for 7pm tonight with broken line segments and superegos possible. Please note that because the segments will broken […]

  • NWS Confirms Tornado in Bentonville From May 19th Storms

    The National Weather Service has confirmed a tornado from the night of May 18th into 19th that occurred in Bentonville. Here is the raw information from the weather service… Bentonville Arkansas Tornado... Rating: EF-0 Estimated Peak Wind: 80 to 85 mph Path Length /Statute/: 2 miles Path Width /Maximum/: 225 yards Fatalities: 0 Injuries: 0 Start Date: May 19 2017 Start Time: 1207 am CDT Start Location: 4.3 SW Bentonville / Benton County / AR Start Lat/Lon: 36.3207 / -94.2529 […]