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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.

Recent Articles
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    Garrett’s Blog: Cooler Weather Expected To End June

    It’s hot now… but we’ll enjoy some reasonably cooler temperatures to end the week and the month of June. Currently, a large ridge of high pressure is centered over Arkansas and Oklahoma. The northern edge of the ridge is in Missouri and that’s where the best chance for showers and thunderstorms will be this week. However, late week we’ll the ridge weaken and allow a front to arrive from the north. This image shows the jet stream pattern for Friday night, […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Unsettled All Weekend; Next Week

    After a week of sunny weather and warm temperatures, the weather pattern is about to be active again for several days. A slow moving upper low will press into the south-central plains over the weekend. The heaviest rain will remain along path of the jet stream and on the northern edge of the ridge of high pressure. A large influx of moisture will be moving in from the Gulf of Mexico. The combined result will be frequent rounds of showers […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Summer Trend; Weak Rain Chances

    The weather this week will feel like summer with some of the warmest temperatures we’ve seen this year and only minimal rain chances. Two high pressure systems will cause any approaching cold front to fizzle and fade with only minimal rain chances. By the weekend, a bigger trough of low pressure from out west will give us a slightly higher chance for showers and thunderstorms but as it presses against the western high pressure ridge it may also weaken. The best timing […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Weekend Forecast

    The upcoming weekend will have low rain chances but will be characterized by mostly sunny skies and summer-like heat for most of us. There are two features we’re watching for rain this weekend. #1: Remnants from a complex in Missouri and Kansas diving southeast on Friday night into Saturday morning; this boundary will give us a small chance for morning rain (if it makes it in). #2 A chance for afternoon showers along the leftover boundary and shear axis. Upper level winds in […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Weekend Weather & Return of Rain

    In the short-term, summer like weather will continue with highs nearing 90º across much of our area. The heat index will be in the mid 90s. This weekend, expect a few scattered showers Saturday from a disturbance moving in from the east. The better rain chances will be closer to Little Rock & Jonesboro and even then the rain chances are small. Chances of rain will be fewer on Sunday. Long-term, the high pressure center will shift to the west […]

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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. […]

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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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