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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    Arkansas Razorback Game Day Forecast

    Expect areas of locally dense fog early in the day on Saturday with partly cloudy skies in the afternoon. The first part of the day should be rain free. Sometime towards late afternoon, we’ll see scattered showers develop in Oklahoma and move east into our area with rain in the area a few hours on either side of sunset. The overall amount of rainfall will less than the round of rain which occurred on Friday evening. Forecast data from 6-7pm […]

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    Winds 60-70mph Possible in Sallisaw, Muldrow, & Gans Oklahoma Thru 6pm

    A severe storm with winds up to 70mph is moving into Sallisaw and will continue down I40 into the Muldrow and Roland area thru 6:30pm. Weakening of this storm is likely after sunset but another round of heavy rain is likely for the Greater Fort Smith area with local high school football games likely experiences delays around 7pm. -Garrett

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    Garrett’s Blog: Flash Flood Warning Issued for Benton County

    Showers and thunderstorms have developed again across parts of the area as a front moves in from the north. A Flash Flood Warning is in effect for Benton County where as much as 2″ of rainfall has fallen this afternoon. The warning expires at 8:pm Friday. Radar Image at 4:42pm Friday. Storms moving northeast. The cold front is not fast-moving, nor is it really that cold behind the front. The result will be a few more rounds of locally heavy […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: World’s Longest Lightning Bolt Started Near Arkansas

    The World Meteorological Organization certified a new world record for the longest lightning bolt. The strike occurred on June 20th of 2007 and started just south of Tulsa and struck near the Texas/Oklahoma state line. The distance of the strike was 199.5 miles and it lasted 5.7 seconds. The lightning bolt was detected with the Lightning Mapping Array which produces a 3D image of the bolt by detecting radiation in the VHF band. Annually, the National Weather Service estimates 25 […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Wednesday Rain Totals; More Rain Thursday

    The showers and storms from the afternoon have given way to clearing skies this evening with the possibility of patchy fog developing overnight into Thursday morning. Another round of showers is likely on Thursday with yet more widespread rain on Friday. Rain totals were highest in NW Arkansas near Fayetteville and east of town. RainVision shows the heaviest rainfall from Wednesday. Notice the darker blue colors in NE Washington county to just north of Huntsville. We’ll see a repeat of […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Humid & Unsettled Continues

    A cold front will linger to the northwest and won’t make much progress to the southeast in the coming days due to a high pressure ridge anchored across the southeast portion of the United States. The front will sag closer to the area late in the week with an increase in showers around Friday; however each afternoon and evening could see a round of showers and storms with daytime heating. A stronger, more potent, Fall front could arrive next week… […]

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    Inside A Commercial Break At 5NEWS

    5NEWS Chief Meteorologist takes a look at what goes on inside the studio and in between commercial breaks during 5NEWS at 10pm.

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    Garrett’s Blog: Running Out of Daylight

    This morning we had the coolest temperatures we’ve seen since May of this year. Cooler temperatures will continue to become the norm in the coming month as we lose more and more daylight getting closer to the Winter Solstice on December 21st. The Autumnal Equinox or first day of Fall is September 22nd; one month away. Equinox means equal daylight and equal darkness; usually 12hrs of sunlight and 12hrs of darkness but it really depends on your latitude relative to […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: This Weekend: Rain Early Then Sunny

    A cold front will move into the area this weekend with the best chances of rain on Friday night and especially Saturday morning. The front is fast-moving and be clear of the area in the early afternoon with clearing skies, northwest winds, and drier/cooler air filtering into the area. Sunday and Monday will feature some of the coolest mornings we’ve seen in a while with lows in the 50s followed by comfortable afternoons with highs in the 70s & low […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Farmer’s Almanac: “Return of the Ice Cold Winter”

    Well, it’s August; the hottest part of summer is over and the cool days of fall are around the corner. It also means it’s time for the Farmer’s Almanac to whip everyone into a full-blown-winter-storm-bread-and-milk-emergency with the snowy winter weather forecast. Some people swear by it. Is there any truth to it? We’ll probably never know because they’re not transparent with how they forecast or how they calculate their claim of being “80% accurate”. I imagine they use a blend […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Wet Weather Arrives For School Pick-Up

    Light to moderate rain will affect the entire area thru 5pm. Rain totals will be in the .15-.25″ range. Severe weather is not expected but it’ll make for a wet pick-up for the kids at school and a slower than normal drive home in the construction zones along I49 this evening. I’m working on the forecast for the rest of the week. It appears another strong cold front will arrive by the weekend with cooler than normal temperatures and another […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Scattered Off-And-On Rain Sunday

    Scattered showers will continue to be possible on Sunday as an area of low pressure churns to our south.┬áRain will be light to moderate and will be intermittent during the day. The heaviest rain will fall immediately to our east. Major flooding will miss our area with the rain just to our south across south Arkansas and Louisiana. This is the current setup with the low pressure pulling moisture up and over the front. It won’t be as heavy as […]