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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.

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    Garrett’s Blog: “Strawberry Moon” Tonight

    The June full moon is often referred to as the “Strawberry Moon” as the Algonquin tribes used the full moon in June as a signal to gather fruits. It’s also called the “Honey Moon” due to it’s yellow color at it’s low position in the sky and the yellowish hue; and not coincidentally most marriages and honeymoon take place in the month of June. The moon will be in the southeast sky tonight (June 2nd) around 8:32pm and will be […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: June Weather Pattern

    The rainiest month on record is behind us with a pattern more typical of summer unfolding over the next few weeks. For the month of May, Fort Smith officially received 19.85″ and Fayetteville 13.01″. The month of June is typically one of the wetter months of the year, too. In a normal year, Fayetteville picks up 4.98″ and Fort Smith 4.28″ in the month of June. Most of the rain is due to complexes which tend to arrive in the […]

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    NWS Confirms EF2 Tornado; Several Others

    The National Weather Service in Tulsa released their preliminary findings on the tornadoes in LeFlore Co that occurred on Memorial Day. The following is the Public Information Statement released from the NWS Tulsa. PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TULSA OK 1012 PM CDT Wed May 27 2015 ...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 05/25/2015 TORNADO EVENT... .OVERVIEW...NWS TULSA STORM SURVEY TEAMS REVIEWED DAMAGE IN PUSHMATAHA...LATIMER...AND LE FLORE COUNTIES FROM STORMS ON THE EVENING OF MAY 25TH. FOUR TORNADO PATHS WERE INVESTIGATED. […]

  • Shady Point Family Takes Shelter During Storm

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    NASA Images of Fort Smith, Arkansas River Flood

    The NASA MODIS Satellite has captured images of the extensive flooding occurring along the Arkansas River and the major tributaries that flow into the river from across the area. BEFORE: This image is May 14th, 2013. AFTER: This image was captured on May 26th, 2015 when the Arkansas River was cresting over 33ft. The original images (including a before & after slider) is available on the NASA post. -Garrett

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    Garrett’s Blog: 3 Tornadoes Identified; EF Ratings Expected Wednesday Evening

    The NWS has identified 3 tornado tracks but the details on: Intensity, Path, Duration, & Width are still being assessed. A report on the EF Rating is still pending. When I spoke with NWS Tulsa this afternoon told me the preliminary findings may be released this evening (Wednesday). The storm survey is being conducted in a rural area of SE Oklahoma. It’s possible 2 additional tracks may be identified S of Talihina and still another in the Albion, OK area. The […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Strong Winds, Uprooted Trees, Power Outages, Tornado Risk Monday Evening

    More active weather is expected on Monday evening with a complex of thunderstorms moving in during the late afternoon and early evening hours. Unlike the last few storms, this complex will be moving into a highly unstable atomosphere. The risk of severe weather is much higher. The complex of storms will arrive from Texas & Oklahoma sometime after 3pm and the severe threat will be over by 9pm. Here are the main threats Spin-Up Tornadoes along the leading edge of […]

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    Arkansas River Flood Prone Areas

    Many of you have asked about flooding risk in the Fort Smith/Van Buren area. The shaded and the hatched area on these maps are most prone to flooding. Zone A, AE that are shaded are at greatest risk for flooding. West Fort Smith areas prone to flooding along Arkansas River Northeast Fort Smith areas prone to flooding Van Buren areas prone to flooding Lee Creek/West Van Buren flooding areas. Flooding prone areas near Arkhoma   Enter your address here to […]

  • Austin Pearcy Tweeted This picture to @5NEWSGarrett showing the flooding in West-Central Arkansas

    Garrett’s Blog: Major Flooding Occurring

    A major flooding event is underway across much of our area. Numerous roads and low water bridges are impassable. Most creeks, rivers, & streams are swollen and at capacity. The severe weather threat from tornadoes and damaging winds is over. The worst of the flooding on the Arkansas River will happen on Monday night into Tuesday. There is a lot of cover. Here are some of the need-to-knows… Current Forecast The area of low pressure causing some of the heavy […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Saturday Rain

    **Friday evening’s rain will end around 7pm In Northwest Arkansas and closer to 9pm in the Fort Smith/SE Oklahoma area** The chance that it will rain on Saturday is high, but it’s important to point out it won’t rain all day. The bulk of the soaking rain and the thunderstorms will arrive in the evening and overnight. Here’s a look at rain chances hour-by-hour and also a better look at the timing with HD Futurecast. Rain is possible all day […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Rain Returns Friday

    After a small break from the rain, showers and a few thunderstorms will once again move across the area on Friday. This system is moving a bit faster without much instability so flash flooding is a possibility but it won’t be as high as the flooding threat later this weekend. The weak instability means the storms are unlikely to be severe. Friday’s Rain: Rain moves in mid-morning Heaviest around Noon Rain exiting around 6-8pm Not a heavy rain; expect light showers. Limited […]

  • Recent rain has caused flooding in the River Valley. This photo is from Kimberly Boyd.

    Garrett’s Blog: More Rain This Weekend

    Rain has moved out of the area for the next day or so before another round of rain affects us over the Memorial Day weekend. We should be mostly dry for the remainder of Wednesday and most of Thursday. Expect more rain on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with a minimal severe weather risk. Rain totals in the last 48 hours have been nearly 4″ in the Fort Smith area. The measurements are from local airports but I know many of […]


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