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
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    **Major, and potentially life-threatening flooding will occur this weekend** A widespread 5″-10″ of rain will fall across the area. Some locations may see totals as high as 1-foot of rain. Creeks, streams, and most rivers will approach moderate or major flood stage. Many rural or low-lying roads will become impassable and will be extremely dangerous for motorists who drive into flooded areas. Water rescues will occur with vehicles that venture into swollen creeks and streams. The usual flood prone areas will […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Storms Tonight; What To Expect

    The risk of thunderstorms will increase late Tuesday into Wednesday as a fast system moves across the area. The timing of the storms is a bit unusual with the best chance for storms from midnight to 4am. The highest risk for tornadoes and wind damage will be in the Arklatex and closer to Arkadelphia and Texarkana. Storms in our area may develop above the warm front and be “elevated” these storms can produce hail; possibly dime size or larger. Any […]


    Garrett’s Blog: Windy Sunday; Rain Tonight

    A cold front is nearing from the west and will move across the area late Sunday night into Monday with scattered rain breaking out ahead of the front. Due to the strong pressure gradient with high pressure off the east coast and low pressure passing to our north; winds will rush today upwards 30mph and possibly over 40mph in NW Arkansas. Later tonight, the greatest chance for rain will be in Central/East Arkansas as the cold front moves in from […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Flurries, Sprinkles Late Thursday

    A weak wave in the atmosphere will move across our area on Thursday evening. The amount of humidity is minimal so accumulation seems unlikely. The best time for a few flurries will be from around sunset to midnight. Here’s a look at the middle of the atmosphere and you can see the weak ripple and the limited humidity. The system will bring us an increase in clouds around sunset on Thursday evening. Futurecast shows some of the flurries across Kansas […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Rain Totals 2nd Highest On Record

    Weekend rain totals were once again over several inches in Western Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma: Fayetteville: 2.37″ Fort Smith: 3.14″ Year-To-Date Totals: Fayetteville: 57.17″ Normal: 48.51 Record: 75.01″ in 1990 Ranking: 7th Wettest Year Fort Smith: 66.26″ Normal: 45.46 Record: 71.81″ in 1945 Ranking: 2nd Wettest Year Small rain chances will be in the forecast late Tuesday night into Wednesday but only minor accumulations are expected. Another, chance for rain will arrive around the 21st of December followed by yet […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Weekend Rain Timing & Severe Risk

    A strong cold front will move into the area over the weekend with widespread showers and thunderstorms bringing a halt to the above normal weather and a return to more seasonable temperatures. A limited severe weather risk is possible on Saturday night due to high amounts of wind shear. The threat would be damaging winds and isolated pockets of rotation. Currently, the highest severe weather risk looks to remain in central Oklahoma where instability and shear are greatest. The rainiest […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Turning Warm, Then Drastically Colder

    Unusually warm weather will be the top weather story this week with highs closing in on records near 70º late-week. A strong cold front will arrive sometime over the weekend with noticeably colder temperatures as well ad a brief round of heavy rain. Temperatures next week will be in the 40s with lows in the 20s. Another chance for rain and/or wintry precipitation will be possible around the middle of next week; sometime around Dec 14-16th. In NW Arkansas, highs […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: The Next Four Systems

    Cool and calm weather has been the rule for this week and overall there are not any major changes for the next week or so. We’ll see a few small systems pass across the area but other than an increase in clouds and a brief shower or two; it appears to be somewhat tranquil. Larger change will take place around the middle of the month with another large trough in the jet stream headed our way with another big rain […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: November 2015; 5th Wettest on Record

    Rain totals continue to pile up for a year that’s seen above normal rainfall since the start. Here’s a look at rain totals from the Thanksgiving/Weekend Rain event: 3.44″    NW Arkansas Regional 3.04″    Fayetteville 3.52″    Fort Smith This is the fifth wettest November on record for both NW Arkansas & Fort Smith: Fayetteville: Nov 2015 8.40″    Record: 9.65 in 1996 Fort Smith:    Nov 2015 9.35″    Record: 14.01 in 1946 Annually, 2015 is also going […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Hour-By-Hour Thanksgiving & Black Friday

    **Flash Flood Watches in Effect** The heaviest rain arrives Thanksgiving night into Friday with several inches of rain expected. I know many of you have plans and I wanted to do a blog post that goes hour-by-hour with temperatures & precipitation across the region to help you out with planning & decision making. Here’s a look: THURSDAY 6AM THURSDAY NOON THURSDAY 6PM FRIDAY 6AM FRIDAY NOON FRIDAY 1:30PM ARKANSAS VS MISSOURI KICKOFF FRIDAY 6PM SATURDAY 6AM SATURDAY NOON When it’s […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Flash Flooding on Black Friday

    A major rain event will affect most of the southern plains over the Thanksgiving Holiday. Here are the main highlights and forecast updates as of mid week: Two rounds of heavy rain. Round 1: Late Thanksgiving & all day Friday; ending Saturday morning Round 2: Saturday night into Sunday morning Rain totals will be excessive. Likely in the 4″-7″ range Areas that are prone to flooding will be flooded; especially city streets. Cold rain is likely for the Arkansas Razorback Football Game […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Frost Flowers; The Unusual Ice On Plants

    The first time I saw a frost flower was back in 2007 when I was camping in the Buffalo National Park. All over the ground appeared to be pieces of white paper, or napkins? Trash? Once I got a little closer I noticed it was frozen. What was this thing and how did it form? Turns out these are called “frost flowers” and they usually form during the first hard freeze of the Fall season. These pictures were sent into […]


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