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
  • Severe Thunderstorm Watch Until 11pm

    A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect until 11pm for NW Arkansas. Very large hail will be the main concern with any storms that develop. The risk is much higher in NW Arkansas than farther south into Fort Smith or the Ouachitas. This is 7pm Thursday and you can see the showers and thunderstorms moving in from the north. It is not expected to be a late night tonight with the line of storms quickly exiting the area by around […]

  • 5NEWS Talks with NWS About Severe Weather Season

    The National Weather Service in Tulsa provides free spotter training across the area to prepare for the upcoming severe weather season. No registration is require and it’s open to the public. March 9th: Ozark 6:30pm Arkansas Tech Ozark Campus March 11th: Poteau 1:00pm DW Reynolds Center March 13th Fort Smith 6:00pm EOC 8400 Zero Street March 15th Bentonville 7:00pm  NWACC Oak Room March 23rd Sallisaw 7:00pm EOC 108 Chickasaw

  • 2017 List of Local Storm Shelter Companies

    Here’s a list of local storm shelter companies if you’re looking to install a shelter where you live. If you would like for me to add or update your data, email me at -Garrett American Storm Shelters, Sallisaw: Atlas Safe Rooms, Joplin Arkansas Storm Shelters, Russellville BBB Septic, Storm Shelters, and Portable Toilets, Rogers: Cozy Caverns, Central Arkansas Dirt Doctors Family Safe Shelters, Bella Vista Ground Zero in OKC, Iron Tight, Tulsa Midwest […]

  • Tornado Watch Until 3am

    A Tornado Watch has been issued for most of Eastern Oklahoma and NW/W Arkansas until 3am. Cells are expected to develop ahead of the line this evening with additional storms to the northwest moving across the entire area late tonight. -Garrett

  • Weather Alert Day Update

    Severe weather will continue to be a risk for our area this evening into the overnight hours. Initially, only a few storms will develop ahead of the cold front in the evening hours. There may only be one or two storms but those storms will have the highest potential to become supercells with higher risk for tornadoes. Although it’s not possible to determine exactly where the first storms will develop, the area in this circle is most favored for isolated […]

  • Monday: Weather Alert Day; More Late Evening, Overnight Severe Storms

    Yet another round of severe thunderstorms with the potential for large hail, damaging winds, and tornadoes will arrive late in the day on Monday and into the overnight. The primary concern will be any cells that develop ahead of the main cold front/dryline in Eastern Oklahoma. The discrete cells will have a higher tornado potential. If this occurs the time-frame would be from 7pm-11pm. As the cold front moves into the area, a line of thunderstorms is expected to develop […]

  • NWS Media Day

    The National Weather Service in Tulsa held a Media Day for television station in Eastern Oklahoma and NW Arkansas which was attended by meteorologists Joe Pennington & Garrett Lewis. The NWS Tulsa issues Warnings for most of the counties in our viewing area with the exception of Franklin, Logan & Scott County which are assigned to the NWS Little Rock Office. Joe takes you on a quick tour of the weather service’s operations; including the weather forecast desk and the […]

  • Garrett’s Blog: NWS to Investigate Hagarville Damage Friday

    The National Weather Service in Little Rock will investigate damage from Tuesday night’s severe thunderstorms that left thousands without power and caused damage across a good portion of Arkansas. There were two circulations in Johnson County as the leading edge of the line moved across the area. One passed between Ozone and Hagarville and the other was actually just north of the Knoxville area and passed over Lamar. The red indicates wind moving away from the radar while green indicates […]

  • Garrett’s Blog: Why Your Car Is Muddy

    Is your car muddy? Here’s a look at why… Rainfall totals from the last system were not overly impressive despite the widespread severe weather. In NW Arkansas we picked around .18″ and Fort Smith received .23″. Ahead of the front winds were very brisk across the southern plains with some gusts over 40mph. The wind lofted lots of dust from the desert southwest and places like Western Texas and New Mexico. Some of that dust mixed with the clouds and […]

  • Tornado Risk Continues Into Tuesday Night: New Tornado Watch Until 6am

    Additional thunderstorms are developing along and ahead of the cold front with storms likely intensifying into the overnight and early morning hours. Storms tonight will pose a higher than normal risk of tornadoes and damaging winds. Storms are expected to shift east of our area by around 3am. -Garrett  

  • New Tornado Watch Until 4AM

    A New Tornado Watch is in effect for NW Arkansas and NE Oklahoma until 4am. This new watch currently does not include the Greater Fort Smith area or River Valley. While severe storms are possible farther south, the tornado threat appears to fall off south of I40 as the distance from the low increases the farther south you go. -Garrett

  • Evening Update Weather Alert Day: Next Round 10pm-3am Tonight

    Expect a lull in the action this evening as the storms in central Arkansas move east northeast. The next area of focus will be along the cold front in Oklahoma. As the colder air undercuts the moist, warm air, this will generate another round of showers and storms will develop and eventually track into Arkansas. This image shows 1am Wednesday. These storms will likely be severe and will pose a damaging wind threat as well as a limited tornado risk […]