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.

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    DNA: Forecasting Your Future

    Direct to consumer DNA testing has become more and more affordable and available. One company, 23&Me has stood out as the leader in home DNA testing. The FDA halted 23&Me from providing medical reports in 2013 but has since granted permission for the company to provide a limited number of FDA approved test. However, there is a way to decode your entire genome. It works by running your entire raw DNA data into a program called Promethease which generates a […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Expect Thunderstorms Tonight

    A large area of thunderstorms is developing and will spread across Eastern Oklahoma and Arkansas during the overnight hours. In addition to these thunderstorms already on radar, it’s likely that new thunderstorms will develop along and north of a stationary front across NW Arkansas. As of this writing around 9pm a few thunderstorms have already emerged on radar near Fort Smith. This area will expand later tonight. This data shows storms developing around midnight. This image shows 6am, storms will […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Heaviest Rain/Severe Risk Targets NW Arkansas

    A slow-moving front will move into NW Arkansas late Friday and make very little progress over the weekend. The result will be scattered showers and thunderstorms. Some of the thunderstorms could be severe with locally heavy rainfall. The main severe risk would be damaging winds followed by a risk of quarter size hail or smaller. There are two favored times for the stronger storms; Late afternoon when heating along the front is maximized After midnight into the early morning hours […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Spotty Rain Wednesday; More Weekend Thunderstorms

    On Wednesday morning, a complex of storms will be located across Kansas and Missouri. This complex will come very close to NW Arkansas. At a minimum, we’ll see an increase in cloud cover but it’s also very possible that an outflow boundary from the rain farther north will move into our area and generate scattered showers or thunderstorms in the early afternoon time frame. The uncertainty is high on how far south this boundary will go but it’s safe to […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: July 4th Weekend Forecast

      On Saturday, the front will lift back to the north with scattered showers and thunderstorms developing farther to the north across Missouri. There could be a few showers early on Saturday or even an isolated shower with peak heating but the majority of the storms will remain to the north. The warm front will be positioned to our north Saturday.   On Sunday, the front will drop back to the south across Oklahoma and Arkansas with more widespread showers […]

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    Severe Weather Update

    Very heavy rain continues across Northwest Arkansas with Flash Flood Warnings in effect for Benton and Washington County. After sunset we should see a decrease in the amounts of thunderstorms across the area. There is a small chance for severe weather with some of the stronger storms which could contain brief gusty winds. -Garrett  

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    Garrett’s Blog: Scattered Rain Chances Late This Week

    High pressure will be shifting south this week with our area on the northeast periphery of the high pressure ridge. This pattern is somewhat common for June and July and usually results on storm complexes from Nebraska and Kansas rolling to the southeast. This means there are two times that are most favored for rain this week… In the early morning hours from storm complexes arriving Daily afternoon redevelopment with peak heating as storm complexes fall apart The risk of […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: The Next Widespread Rain

    Hot and humid summer-like weather will continue for the next several days with daily rain chances returning to the area by the early part of next week. Heat Index values have climbed into the mid and upper 90s and southern winds nudge temperatures and humidity higher across most of the area. This is the upper level pattern for today (Thursday). A large ridge of high pressure is anchor across the southern plains with most of the major storm systems being […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: 2016 Rainfall Below Normal

    Despite what seems like several weeks of rain, the official rainfall totals are actually below normal and below last year’s totals. The rainfall deficit is due mainly to unusually low rainfall early this year in January, February, & March with each month over 1″ below the normals. At this point last year, totals were nearly double the amounts we’ve seen in 2016 with over 33″ of rain by the start of June. This week, a ridge of high pressure will […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Memorial Day Weekend

    The atmosphere remains unchanged with abundant humidity and very little cap aloft to prevent storms. As a result, rain chance will continue into the weekend and into next week. Over the weekend, rain will be most likely in the late afternoon and early evening with daytime heating being the primary cause. Not everyone will see rainfall but those who do will experience very heavy rain for short time. The risk of severe weather is minimal but damaging winds would be […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Heavy Rain Moving into NW Arkansas

    Heavy rain will be moving across NW Arkansas for the late Afternoon and early evening hours. The high humidity will cause torrential rainfall, a few storms could be severe although the greater risk for tornadoes is across Oklahoma and Kansas this afternoon. Damaging winds are the main threat with storms in NW Arkansas and the Fort Smith area. Showers are more spotty across the River Valley but the coverage of the rain is expected to increase this afternoon with daytime […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Severe Watch Until Midnight

    A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for SE Oklahoma for a cluster of storms that are dropping southeast along a boundary located across the area. The storms are expected to continue in intensity for several hours after sunset before fading. The watch goes until midnight and currently doesn’t include any Arkansas counties. The storms should ride this boundary to just west of Sequoyah County. -Garrett