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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    River Valley Hail Storm: April 29, 2016

    Around 4 p.m., a thunderstorm moved north of a warm front and into the Greater Fort Smith area. The storm showed supercell structures and was “elevated” with golfball and baseball size hail occurring. One of the areas hit the hardest in the hailstorm was the Golden Living Center in south Fort Smith. Some employees say the hail was at least golf ball-sized. “I’ve been in hail, but I don’t think I’ve ever been in hail that was that large,” Lisa […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Severe Threat Ending; Rain Continues

    Another band of heavier rain will move across the area this evening with a minimal severe risk thru 10pm. The rain will come to an end after midnight with lingering clouds and only spotty drizzle possible into Saturday morning with a clearing trend in the afternoon. -Garrett

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    Garrett’s Blog: Two More Rounds of Rain Arriving Tonight

    After a wet start to Friday morning another round of rain will arrive this evening. There are two more timeframes to watch: #1: Friday: 6pm-10pm: Severe risk SE Oklahoma and West Central Arkansas. Hail is primary threat. There is a chance we could see rotation along and south of the warm front but the warm front should remain to our southwest. #2 Friday 10pm – Saturday 7am: Continued showers and thunderstorms with a lower severe weather risk.  Saturday is trending […]

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    5NEWS SPECIAL: Tornado Shelters Away From Home

    Most of you have a tornado plan for your home but what do you do when you’re away from home when a tornado strikes. We covered everything from retail stores to airports in this 5NEWS Special Series.    

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    Garrett’s Blog: Upcoming Rain & Thunderstorms

    Rain and thunderstorms will return to our area on Friday and Saturday. The heaviest will be on Friday. There is a chance some of the storms could contain quarter size hail or larger and may prompt severe warnings. The highest severe weather risk remains in Oklahoma and Texas but will be dependent on the position of the warm front. The tornado threat is not zero but it is lower than the other night. 7AM FRIDAY: Rain is moving in from […]

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    NWS Reports Tornado Near Decatur, Arkansas

    A local storm report from the National Weather Service in Tulsa shows a tornado likely occurred in Benton County Tuesday night near Decatur. The location of the tornado was along Highway 59 and Turkey Ridge Road. Additional damage survey information is pending.

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    Garrett’s Blog: The Timing of Severe Storms Tonight

    A line of severe thunderstorms will move into Arkansas late tonight before weakening as they move into central Arkansas. The storms will pose a high risk for wind damage and will likely contain pockets of rotation with occasional tornado warnings as the low level winds veer into the late night hours. The highest risk for tornadoes will be in central Oklahoma but over time the storms will move east into Arkansas forming a line of storms with damaging winds and […]

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    Weather Alert Day

    5NEWS Meteorologists have declared a Weather Alert Day for all of NW Arkansas, Eastern Oklahoma, & the Arkansas River Valley. An outbreak of tornadoes and severe storms is expected across Oklahoma and Kansas late this evening. The threat will shift east after-dark. Severe storms are likely as the line of storms moves into Arkansas late tonight. Timeline: 10pm to 3am (This image shows 10pm Tuesday with strong to severe storms in Eastern Oklahoma about to transition into Arkansas) Here’s what […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Severe Storms Tuesday Evening

    Spring severe weather returns Tuesday night with the best chance for severe thunderstorms locally after dark. Storms initially develop west of us near I35 in Oklahoma. These storms will quickly become supercells capable of tornadoes and very large hail. The storms move east into the evening and will likely grow into a line before arriving here sometime after dark Tuesday night. The most likely time of arrival currently appears to be in the 8pm to 11pm time-frame but could change depending on […]

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    5NEWS Introduces “Weather Alert Day”

    What is a 5NEWS Weather Alert Day? The Weather Where You Live changes a lot in our area; however, there are days when we know the weather is going to cause a major disruption to your life. When weather threatens lives or property for a large number of our population, 5NEWS has instituted a Weather Alert Day to heighten awareness and to draw attention to the risk of dangerous weather. When will we issue a Weather Alert Day? A Weather […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Severe Weather Season in Arkansas

    Severe weather season in Arkansas will be reaching it’s peak in the coming days with April and May being the two months of the year when we receive the majority of severe weather reports in our area. Annually, our primary severe weather season is from March until early June. This is a look at average number tornado, hail, and damaging wind reports we receive each month. This year, we’ve already had 14 tornadoes in Arkansas with two of them in […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Expect Thundershowers Tonight

    The next round of heavy rain will move across our area overnight and into the morning on Wednesday. Severe weather is not anticipated and rainfall totals will range from 0.25″ – 0.50″. Rain will be heaviest and most widespread early in the day with a clearing in the afternoon with sunshine and warmer temperatures. Best chance for showers and thunderstorms will be between 3am and 6am Wednesday Storms will be moving into our area after 1am on Wednesday with the heaviest […]


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