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
  • Thunderstorms 8-5-2015 in Elm Springs, AR. Photo: Marilyn Biggs

    Garrett’s Blog: More Storms This Evening; Severe Risk Lower

    The farther south push of the line of thunderstorms this morning (along it’s cool outflow) has lowered the severe risk for this afternoon and evening. Temperatures Wednesday afternoon were forced down into the 70s due to the rain. Thankfully, the cooler air means more stable air and additional thunderstorms this afternoon will not pose a high severe risk. 10pm Wednesday. The latest data is pointing to more thunderstorms developing later tonight as the low level jet feeds warm air into […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Severe Weather Wednesday

    Thunderstorms, including some severe storms, will develop in the afternoon and evening on Wednesday. Here’s a look at what to watch for: Showers will be ongoing early in the day across North Arkansas The highest severe storm risk is from 2pm-7pm Storms will take on a bowing shape and could contain winds from 60-70mph The storms will move from the northwest to the southeast at around 40mph Northwest Arkansas is more likely to experience the stronger storms than farther south […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: August’s Expectations

    August is the last month of Meteorological Summer and typically when the heat starts to fade. The summer season so far has been near normal with temperatures and above normal for rainfall. The year as a whole has trended below normal. In Northwest Arkansas the normal highs for August are around 90º to start the month and 87º to end the month. Rainfall is usually a little more than 3″ and by the end of the month the sun will […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Gyres & MH370 Debris

    Plane debris from what is believed to be the remains of MH 370 (the Malaysian airliner that went missing over a year ago) was found off Reunion Island located east of Madagascar… on the other side of the Indian Ocean. So how did it get there? A Gyre. Because of the Earth’s rotation, gyres develop over every major ocean in the world. The gyres spin clockwise in the northern hemisphere and counter clockwise in the southern hemisphere. The currents drive […]

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    Fort Smith Hits 100º For First Time In 687 Days

    Fort Smith, Arkansas officially hit 100º at 2:56pm today (July 20th, 2015). The last 100º+ degree day in Fort Smith, AR was on September 1st, 2013. This afternoon,  the streak was broken with 100º recorded at the Fort Smith Regional Airport. The 100º+ absence streak continues in Northwest Arkansas. The last 100º day was August 7th, 2012. It’s been 1,077 days.* Lower temperatures are expected the next several days with increasing clouds and rain chances. More heat and humidity is […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Rain Chances, Then More Heat

    The ridge of high pressure that’s been anchored for the last several days is finally getting a nudge to the south with rain chances increasing across the area over the next several days. The front arriving from the north will stall around I40 before eventually moving back to the north on Thursday. Due to the increase in cloud cover and locally heavy downpours, temperatures should be a good 5-10º lower on Tuesday & Wednesday. Late week the heat returns and […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: A Hot & Windy Weekend

    A large ridge of high pressure with typical Arkansas summer weather is expected for the upcoming weekend. Highs will be in the mid to upper 90s with a heat index from 100-110º. On Sunday, you’ll notice an increase in the southwest winds across the region. Southwest west are typically drier winds; since dry air warms and cools faster than humid air, it’s likely the temperatures on Sunday could push the 100º mark in Fort Smith and SE Oklahoma. A weak […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Factors For Localized Flash Flooding

    Additional flash flooding will be possible this week with a slow moving cold front approaching from the north. On Sunday, July 5th, a handful of slow moving thunderstorms developed with peak daytime heating. A cluster of cells in particular, near Van Buren, dropped 6.87″ of rain in a few hours causing extensive flooding problems. The core of the heaviest cell over North Fort Smith and most of Van Buren was about 11 miles across and 8 miles wide. While most of […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Storms Friday Evening

    Storm development is underway with daytime heating in NE Oklahoma and NW Arkansas. The storms will be slow movers at just 15mph to the southeast, some will be severe with the potential for damaging winds and torrential rain. The best instability this afternoon was located across Eastern Oklahoma and NW Arkansas with lesser amounts towards Clarksville. The additional sunshine this afternoon will increase instability area wide with the chance for storms just about everywhere. 6pm Friday: Hi-Res Data is showing the […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Severe Storms Move Into Arkansas

    A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect until 9pm Thursday evening. Showers and thunderstorms will develop along a slow moving cold front. Given the high amount of instability from daytime heating, likely that these storms will contain damaging winds in excess of 50mph+. The storms will diminish in intensity with the loss of daytime heating after 8pm. The slow movement of the storms will cause locally heavy rainfall with as much as 1″+ in a short amount of time. Flash […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: July Outlook is Cooler Than Normal

    July is typically the hottest and the driest time of year for Arkansas and Oklahoma. We tend to see the majority of thunderstorms in the late afternoon or evening and the storms take on microbursts which contain damaging winds. Temperatures continue to increase this month although daylight hours actually diminish by around 34 minutes by the end of the month. In Northwest Arkansas, normal highs climb from 87º at the start of the month to around 90º at the end […]

  • Sunrise June 30th from Poteau Oklahoma. Photo: Romona Deleplank

    Garrett’s Blog: Canadian Smoke Tinting Arkansas & Oklahoma Skies

    The sky will have a red tint at both dusk and dawn tonight and tomorrow due to numerous wild fires burning in Canada. The smoke has traveled nearly 2,000 miles from Saskatchewan & Alberta where over 200 fires are currently burning. The smoke is being blown in from the upper level winds which are rotating clockwise around a large area of high pressure centered near the four corners. The GOES Visible Satellite shows the smoke plume Tuesday afternoon extending all […]


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