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: Severe NW Arkansas Around 8PM

    Storms with a history of producing large hail and brief tornadoes are tracking east north-east into NW Arkansas and will likely arrive in Delaware County around 7pm and Bentonville/Fayetteville around 8pm. The Severe Thunderstorm Watch continues until 9pm for our area. The severe threat will end around midnight. The risk of strong to severe storms and a few tornadoes is higher in NW Arkansas than in the River Valley. -Garrett

  • Garrett’s Blog: Severe Risk Thursday

    A severe thunderstorm risk will return to the area on Thursday with the best chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening. The overall risk for tornadoes is lower than you otherwise would expect for May but it’s still present. It looks like the greatest threat coming up on Thursday evening will be large hail from quarter to golf ball size. The system exits quick with a lingering cold rain on Friday and eventually clearing skies on Friday […]

  • Garrett’s Blog: Year-To-Date Rainfall; Drought Update

    Despite the heavy rain, the latest drought monitor shows a few areas that are still in low drought conditions. The drought has been completely wiped out across NW Arkansas. Rain totals in NW Arkansas are +9.10″ year-to-date. In the Greater Fort Smith area we’re running 1.75″ above normal. The next chance for widespread rain is next Wednesday into Thursday, and some severe weather will be possible. Garrett

  • LeFlore County Tornado Rated EF2

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Tornado damage surveys continue across the area. According to LeFlore Co Emergency Management the Cameron Tornado has been given a preliminary rating of EF2 with winds near 111mph+ More information is coming tomorrow in NWS damage information.

  • NWS Confirms Tornado in Sallisaw, Oklahoma

    Damage survey crews from the NWS were in Sallisaw, Oklahoma and found damage consistent tornado. More detailed information will be available as it becomes available. -Garrett

  • Garrett’s Blog: What’s Next: Hour-By-Hour Forecast; Rain Ending Sunday

    Widespread flash flooding continues across NW Arkansas with heavier rain developing south and eventually spreading into the River Valley and SE Oklahoma. Here are some of the highest rainfall totals: 7.87″   Siloam Springs 6.13″   Decatur 5.40″   Elm Springs 5.27″   Garfield 5.25″   Bentonville 5.08″   NWA Regional 4.65″   Johnson 2.34″   Fayetteville SATURDAY 7PM: More rain and additional Flash Flooding Likely 9PM SATURDAY: Flooding rain continues across the area MIDNIGHT: Expect a break in the […]

  • Garrett’s Blog: Timeline of Severe Storms, Flooding

    Two major weather stories will unfold heading into the weekend. A warm front late Friday and into the overnight hours will bring our area a chance for very large hail and even a few rotating updrafts capable of tornadoes. This threat will be greatest from 10pm to 4am. A slow-moving cold front on Saturday will bring us extremely heavy and steady rainfall for most of the day on Saturday. Rainfall totals will average around 4-6″ with isolated amounts near 10″. […]

  • Garrett’s Blog: Severe Storms Friday; Flash Flooding Saturday

    After a round of severe thunderstorms and flash flooding this morning, our area is primed for more severe weather and even worse flash flooding later this week into the weekend. Severe weather is most likely late Friday evening into the overnight. The entire area is under an Enhanced Risk of severe weather as the warm front lifts to the north across the region. Storms north of the warm are typically prolific hail producers and hail will be a major concern. […]

  • Garrett’s Blog: Timeline For Tonight’s/Wednesday’s Storms

    A line of thunderstorms is expected to develop in NE Oklahoma late Tuesday evening and then work southeast into Arkansas late Tuesday night into Wednesday. 1AM WEDNESDAY: The line of storms will first move into NW Arkansas with the potential for a few storms to be severe with damaging wind. 4AM WEDNESDAY: Widespread showers and thunderstorms with a diminishing severe weather risk. 1PM WEDNESDAY: More severe storms redevelop in Eastern Oklahoma and move across our area. Flash flooding along with […]

  • Garrett’s Blog: Active, Severe Weather Returns This Week

    An active Spring pattern will prevail for much of this week with frequent chances for showers and thunderstorms.  In the short-term, the severe risk increases on Wednesday evening and includes some of our area. The higher severe weather risk could stay to our east. We are most concerned about a system later in the week. Friday’s system will be highly dependent on the location of the warm front. While rain late Friday into Saturday look likely the severe chances will […]

  • Garrett’s Blog: Heavy Rain Late Week

    A slow moving front will arrive in the area late this week with rain spread from the north to the south. The front will be in the area on Thursday with widespread showers and thunderstorms likely. The overall severe risk on both Wednesday and Thursday is minimal. There will probably be a handful of severe storms but it seems lower in magnitude than previous events we’re known to experience in April. Heavy rain will be the biggest threat as we […]

  • Garrett’s Blog: Tracking Scattered Showers

    The bulk of the heavier showers both Thursday and Friday will occur across Oklahoma before weakening as they track east. A few showers will remain possible early on Friday before mostly sunny skies prevail into the afternoon and evening. The severe risk is very low for our area both Thursday and Friday and even into the next event on Easter. Stronger storms could return to the area by the end of next week. EASTER MORNING 7AM: The latest data shows […]