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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.


Recent Articles
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    Garrett’s Blog: Rainy Tonight; Wednesday Morning

    Yet another round of showers and thunderstorms will affect the area midweek with an additional 1-3″ of rainfall possible. The rain will be heaviest in the morning on Wednesday with showers continuing into the mid-morning before tapering off in the afternoon. Severe weather is unlikely as the upper level winds remain weak; however, the weak upper level winds will also cause slow moving storms and higher than normal rainfall totals. Wednesday’s Weather Rain arrives after 2am with thunderstorms Rain continues […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Wet May

    The wettest May in years continues with more rainfall expected later this week on Wednesday followed by another soaking this weekend. This could end up being on the Top 10 wettest May’s on record for the Fort Smith area. Here are the totals as of Monday May 18th: Typically May is one of the wetter months of the year but rain totals are already 100-200% of normal this year. This is a map that shows the accumulated rainfall for the […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Weekend Forecast

    Oh, what a mess. The challenge in an extremely active pattern like this is to provide a forecast that can help you make decisions and prepare/plan. There will be several chances to see rain all weekend but the weekend will not be a nonstop rain. There will be breaks in the rain and you may be able to attend the kid’s games, hold the garage sale, or mow the yard at some point. In this post, I’ll try to narrow down […]

  • Garrett’s Blog: Heavier Rain Wednesday PM/Thursday AM

    Showers with a few embedded thunderstorms will move across the area Wednesday night into the first half of the day on Thursday. The heaviest rainfall totals will be just to the SW of our area in Oklahoma with our rainfall totals in the .50″-1″ range. Limited instability and shear will prevent widespread severe weather with this round of rain. The rainfall is not expected to be excessive so widespread flash flooding does not appear likely; however the grounds remain saturated […]

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    Flooding Risk Remains High

    The bulk of the overnight storms will have moved out the eat by mid morning on Saturday with partly cloudy skies prevailing in the afternoon. Yet another round of thunderstorms is expected to affect the area on Saturday night with another 1-2″ of rainfall on top of an already saturated ground. Flash flooding will be a concern all weekend into Monday morning. The latest data continues to point to a higher-end flood event for SE Oklahoma and potentially SW Arkansas […]

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    Now: Thunderstorms Arriving

    A complex of thunderstorms has arrived from Oklahoma with very heavy rain possible and a limited risk of severe weather. Over 2-3″ of rain is possible tonight and flash flooding will be a major concern. As far as severe weather is concerned, line segments has developed NW of McAlester with numerous reports of wind damage. The northern edge of the line has shown rotation at times and has prompted tornado warnings for parts of SE Oklahoma. Rain and storms may […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Storms Tonight, Heavy Weekend Rain

    Another complex of thunderstorms will affect the area Friday night and into the overnight hours. Here are the basics: Timeline: 8pm to 2am Minimal severe risk: Wind Damage Torrential rain exceeding 1-2″ Frequent cloud-to-ground lightning The storms that will move into area late tonight started in Oklahoma and Texas on Friday afternoon. The worst of the severe weather will be held in that area. The risk of severe storms is low, but the rainfall and flooding risk are high. Rainfall […]

  • Garrett’s Blog: Expect Storms Tonight

    Storms that have developed in Western Texas and Western Oklahoma will organize into a line this evening and move into our area this evening. The time for storms will be from 8pm to 1am with the most likely timeframe around 10pm.   The storms will lose their intensity as the move into our area. Most of them are expected to be just below severe limits but given the timing of year, it’s possible we could see a handful of stronger […]

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    Weather Blog: 2015 Tornado Reports Below Normal

    The 2015 Tornado Season is half over and so far the trend has been a below normal tornado count. So far, Arkansas has had 9 tornado reports. In a normal year we could expect as many as 32 (based on a 30yr average) The same is also true for Oklahoma which has only seen 10 tornadoes with the annual count closer to 56. It should be noted the year is far from over and many tornadoes in Arkansas can occur […]

  • Weather Blog: Active This Week

    After a stretch of dry weather with lots of sunshine the rainy days of Spring are posed to return for much of the extended forecast. The bulk of the upper level winds and surface forcing features are actually going to remain just west of our area. The result will be showers and storms weakening as they move into our area throughout the week. A few areas of rain will likely develop both tonight and tomorrow, but a larger area of […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Weekend Forecast

    Excellent weather will continue for the first weekend in May with mostly sunny skies and highs in the upper 70s to near 80. We’ll see a few more high clouds this weekend compared to the last few days but the rain will hold off until next week. Saturday Afternoon: Expect highs in the 70s to near 80 with sunny skies. Sunday Afternoon: Expect similar conditions, perhaps a bit warmer with highs closer to 80. The large surface high pressure will […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Illustration of Wind Shear & Instability

    When severe weather is in the forecast we often look for 3 variables: Moisture, Instability, & Lift. But it’s the shear and the instability which ultimately determine the type of severe weather we see and whether or not we see tornadoes. Too much instability and low shear and the result can be massive hailstones from storms with no tornado risk. Too little instability and high shear occasionally won’t even develop storms and storms that do develop do not evolve into supercell […]

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