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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: Fewest 100º+ Days Since 2007

    Not that many people are complaining but this summer continues to trend below normal with the fewest number of 100º+ days for both Fayetteville and Fort Smith since July of 2007 which neither location hit the century mark. Officially, no reporting station has hit 100º; although, I’m sure many of your back yard thermometers and the bank signs have been showing 100º occasionally. NOAA weather observations sites are called ASOS or Automated Surface Observing System and the temperature readings are taken […]

  • Weather Service: Straight Line Wind, Not Tornado Caused Damage

    FORT SMITH (KFSM) – The National Weather Service issued a Public Information Statement Friday afternoon saying they did not find any evidence of rotation near Chaffee Crossing from the windstorm that occurred on the afternoon July 23. The video above was shot from 5NEWS Viewer Bobby Zolliecoffer and shows the damage as it happened. Winds at the Fort Smith airport were measured at 66 mph out of the northwest. A Google Earth image shows existing damage to the northwest corner […]

  • NWS: Damage At Chaffee From Microburst; Gustnado Seen on Video

    A Public Information State was just released by NWS-Tulsa containing information on the recent storm damage. The video below is likely a gustnado but damage at the Chaffee location was consistent with straight-line winds. The entire statement is listed below. Read Entire NWS Damage Statement Here  

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    VIDEO: Windstorm Destroys Buildings at Chaffee Crossing

    Update: The National Weather Service in Tulsa will be reviewing the damage today. New video obtained by 5NEWS shows an apparent circulation similar to a gustnado over the area at the same time damage was taking place. We’ll have the new video and any new information from the NWS tonight at 5 & 6pm and as-it-happens here on the website.    A large windstorm moved from north to south from southern Missouri to Louisiana causing widespread wind damage across Arkansas […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Another Cool-Down Coming!

    The jet stream will once again take an unusual plunge to the south sometime early next allowing cooler than normal air to bleed south across the central and Eastern United States. The amplified pattern (with lots of high ridges and deep troughs) has been dominate this summer and it’s kept the heat in check. Neither Fort Smith or Fayetteville have officially hit 100º and depending on the strength of the next front; this could be one of the coldest July’s on record […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: How a Typhoon in Japan is Related to Record Arkansas Lows

    A little more than a week again, Typhoon Neoguri , moved near the island of Japan. Typhoons (or hurricanes as they’re called in the Atlantic and east Pacific) follow a clockwise rotation in the Northern Hemisphere. Tropical cyclone systems are big movers of heat energy. They move from the equator towards the poles on the west sides of oceans with the warm water as the Earth struggles to find a balance because of uneven heating. This is why hurricanes don’t […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: 2 More Kids Die in Hot Cars; Nationally 15 Dead This Summer

    Over the last few days, 2 more kids have died in hot cars and 2 more were rescued. A 3-year-old climbed into the trunk of a car in South Carolina & died on July 2nd A 2-year-old was pronounced dead in El Paso, TX, yesterday, July 6th. A 2-year-old was saved by rescuers in Long, Island, NY after parents left her in the car while they went shopping, both have been arrested. A 15-month-old was rescued in Tennessee after parents […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Sahara Dust In Arkansas

    Notice more haze than usual lately? Here’s a picture from Jesse Hays who snapped this picture of the dust suspended across the Arkansas River Valley on June 30th, 2014. The dust originates from the Saharan Air Layer which resides over the northern part of Africa. Frequent dust storms will suspend the air particles and the particles will frequently find their way across the Atlantic. It’s somewhat less common to see them in Arkansas and it’s much more common in Florida […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: July 4th Weather Preview

    The July 4th Holiday will arrive at the end of the week and the weather actually looks favorable for anything outdoors! It appears the best chance for rain will be on Tuesday and then clearing on Wednesday of this week followed by slightly lower humidity and temperatures as the weekend nears. The upper levels show a large ridge building in the desert southwest on July 4th with a weak trough across the eastern side of Arkansas and Mississippi. This would […]

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    Tornado Confirmed in Mayes County Oklahoma

    The National Weather Service in Tulsa has confirmed a tornado from Saturday’s storm in Adair, OK (west of Hudson/Grand lake) in Mayes county. Damage was reported at 3:24 PM as a severe line of storms moved through the area. Rotation along the leading edge of the storms spun up the tornado as it moved to the north and east before dissipating over Grand Lake. The full track and intensity report will be available on Monday by the National Weather Service.

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    Garrett’s Blog: No Burn Bans

    In prior years, we’ve seen drought conditions as we approach the July 4th holiday. That’s not the case this year. Although rainfall is below normal for the year, the heaviest rain occurred in late spring and early summer which has led to lush vegetation and a lower than normal brush fire risk. Neither Arkansas nor Oklahoma have any burn bans in effect. One thing to watch out for is the fire risk later this summer. Some of the worst fire […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: LPGA Rain Common

    The LPGA Tour started playing in Rogers, AR in 2007; and since then it’s rained on the tournament 7 out of 8 times during the week of play. The tournament has been held in the months of September, June, & July. Rain was recorded at nearby NWA Regional Airport the first 5 years with the only rain-free tournament in 2012. Rain isn’t all a bad thing, it typically doesn’t last long and while play might be interrupted; cooler than normal temperatures […]


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