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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: Flash Flood Risk High This Week

    Flash flooding with be the dominant risk factor for early this week. A widespread 1-3″ of rain will fall across our area with some locations receiving as much as 5″ or more of rainfall. Recent rains have already saturated the ground and excessive runoff will lead to additional flooding. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for the entire area. The risk of tornadoes, hail, & damaging wind is low and limited due to the tropical airmass in place. The thunderstorms […]

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    EF1 Tornado Confirmed Near Russellville

    The National Weather Service in Little Rock confirmed an EF 1 Tornado occured on May 8th just 2.4 miles north of Russellville, Arkansas at 8:44pm. The tornado had winds of 100-110 miles per hour and was on the ground for 1.7 miles and 50 yards wide. No injuries were reported. The tornado damaged an unoccupied mobile home and several chicken houses.

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    ‘Significant Damage’ From Flooding in Polk County

    Authorities in Mena say there is ‘significant damage’ left behind after flood waters tore through Polk County Thursday (May 8th). “They came in and rescued me out of here,” Aubrey Floyd said. “I can’t walk because I only have one leg.” Mena Police told 5NEWS that they worked more than 40 swift water rescues as the rain poured down. Authorities say they were able to rescue all of the stranded drivers and get them to safety, without any major injuries. […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Adopt & Shelter a Family Project

    Recent tornadoes have caused widespread destruction across much of Arkansas and there are several ways you can help in the relief effort. 5NEWS has partnered with the Red Cross of Arkansas and will be taking donations to help in the immediate aftermath of the storm. I wanted to propose a grassroots effort via social media for local churches to see if it would be possible to make a lasting long-term impact on those affected by the tornado. Many have expressed interest that […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: How Strong Was Arkansas’ Tornado?

    The National Weather Service – Little Rock – expects to find EF3 Tornado damage in the Mayflower or Vilonia along a damage path some 40 miles long. The damage survey may take several days to be completed but damage they’ve already seen is consistent with winds from 136-165mph. The damage survey uses the Enhanced Fujita Scale to estimate wind speeds with 28 damage indicators. The enhanced version was put into practice in 2007 and reflects changes in wind engineers and how structures or vegetation […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Tornado Outbreak Today

    Widespread severe thunderstorms with a higher than normal risk of strong to violent tornadoes will develop in the afternoon and evening across Eastern Oklahoma and Western Arkansas. High resolution computer models are showing development around 3-4pm in SE Oklahoma with the threat spreading northeast into Northwest Arkansas with time. These will be discrete, supercell thunderstorms capable of very large hail up to baseball size, wind gusts to 90mph, & risk of strong tornadoes. Storms will begin on a surface dryline […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Tornado Outbreak Possible This Afternoon

    There is a high-end severe weather event for all of the 5NEWS viewing area as well as most of Arkansas for this afternoon. This is the highest severe weather risk we’ve seen in the last 2 years. (The image above shows the Significant Tornado Parameter for Sunday late Afternoon; all of Arkansas and most of Extreme Eastern Oklahoma are at risk for strong, long-track tornadoes.) Large hail, bigger than golfball; and possibly up to baseball size is possible. Winds within […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Strong Tornadoes Possible Sunday

    The Storm Prediction Center has upgraded all of our area to a “Moderate Risk” which indicates the likelihood of several severe thunderstorms and an outbreak of Severe Weather on Sunday night. There are two chances to see storms. The 1st chance on Sunday morning looks to feature mostly thunderstorms with only a few strong ones. The 2nd chance for storms will be the strongest on Sunday afternoon and evening. The storms should begin to develop around 4pm with rotating storms […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Severe Weather Risk Increasing

    The Spring severe weather season has been off to a slow start with the safest start to tornado season in 100 years. Thankfully, no fatalities have been reported and the overall risk from tornadoes has been confined to isolated areas or brief spinups. The weather pattern over the weekend will take on a more classic spring pattern that favors severe weather and rotating thunderstorms as well as tornadoes. This will especially be true in Oklahoma before the threat advances east […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Easter Weekend Forecast

    Overall, Easter Weekend is looking very nice. Saturday will be rainfree and warm with Sunday only a few passing clouds and a small chance for rain late in the day into Sunday. Morning services at sunrise which is around 6:40am should be clear from rain and temperatures will be near 50º. Here’s how it plays out hour-by-hour… Saturday at 6am, we’ll see clear skies and a perfect morning! Could be a bit chilly with lows in the 40s. By Noon […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Rain On Easter?

    Easter is still around 4 days away but we’re tracking a disturbance moving into the area which could bring some rain on Easter Sunday or Monday. Model skill decreases with time but here’s what the current situation looks like if you’re planning outdoor church services or an Easter Egg hunt with the kids. This image is Easter Morning at 7am. We should be overcast but it looks like the majority of the rain will be to the west. Right now, […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Lunar Eclipse Tonight

    Tonight’s lunar eclipse will be visible across Arkansas starting around 1am thru 3am with total eclipse around 2:07am – 3:25am on the morning of Tuesday April 15th, 2014. The Earth is basically passing between the Moon and the Sun and although most of the light is blocked out, some light will make it to the moon (much like a sunset) which is why it will take on a ‘blood’ color. You don’t need a telescope or binoculars and it’s safe to […]

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