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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    Garrett’s Blog: Warm Week Ahead

    A calm weather pattern with warmer than normal temperatures will prevail for the foreseeable future. Despite highs in the 80s, the humidity will be relatively low compared to last week with afternoon weather much more comfortable. A small ripple in the upper levels will glance the area late week with an increase in clouds. The upcoming weekend looks mostly sunny with highs in the 80s. In Northwest Arkansas temperatures will be around 5º above normal. The trend in the Fort […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: The Next Rain Chances, It Gets Warm Again

    Great weather for Saturday, but we’ll see the rain quickly return for Sunday as a warm front lifts north. The best rain chances might be south of I40 with the greatest chance in Southeast Oklahoma on Sunday evening and Monday morning. Next week will be dominated by mostly sunny skies and highs in the 80s. Another weak system should pass across the area on Friday of next week and might give us the next good chance for rain. Here’s a […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Upcoming Weekend Weather

    Showers and thunderstorms will return to the area late Friday night and into Saturday morning. The best chance for storms will be from 9pm to 3am. They will be weakening on arrival and the severe weather risk is low. Rainfall totals will range from 1/2″ to 1″ with the higher amounts in Oklahoma. Here’s how it plays out… Friday: Storms late evening, breaking up as it arrives.  The best chance for severe weather will be to our west in the […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: 2015 Already The 15th Wettest On Record

    Even if we didn’t see another shower for the rest of the year; 2015 will be remembered as one of the wettest years on record. In Fayetteville, this is already the 35th wettest since record keeping started in 1950. The records go even farther back in Fort Smith. This is the 15th wettest on record in 132 years. Assuming we receive at least the average rainfall in the month of October, November, & December, Fort Smith’s total will be 63.81″ […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Daylight Diminishing

    You may have noticed less and less sunlight after suppertime in the evening. The sunsets continue to arrive earlier as we near the Fall and Winter seasons. We’ve lost about 2 hours since June and we’ll lose another 2 hours by December. The day length for September 15th is around 12 hours and 24 minutes. The start of Fall or the “Autumnal Equinox” occurs on September 23rd. Equinox literally means equal day and equal night and our day length will […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: 100º Days This Year

    Our area had fewer 100º+ days this past summer than we typically see on average. The average is calculated by looking at records from 1981-2010. We typically have 1.7 days in Northwest Arkansas over 100º. Fort Smith usually has closer to 10.7 days of 100º or higher heat. This year was far less… “Officially” at Drake Field in Northwest Arkansas we haven’t hit 100º in 3 years! Put another way,133 days have passed since our last 100º measurement. In Fort […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: How The Weather Changes This Week

    After a weekend that felt more like Fall than late Summer, highs return to above normal this week. A weakening disturbance will move into the area on Monday with an increase in clouds but it appears the next widespread chance for rain arrives Friday night into the weekend after the arrival of the deeper humidity. The two big weather stories this week are: Return of heat & humidity Late-Week/Weekend Rain A high pressure ridge will dominate into the work-week. The south […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Humidity & Heat Back By Wednesday

    After an incredible Saturday, we’ll see a few more clouds creep into the area by Sunday; still a great day with low humidity & chilly morning lows. The heat and humidity will be slower to return but expect a warming trend next week with the muggy weather back by Wednesday. The ridge will weaken allowing a front to slowly push into the area late-week; so I would expect rain chances to creep back into the area by Friday and into […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: ‘Super Blood Moon Eclipse’ This Month

    The last in a series of lunar eclipses will occur late this month on September 27th. It’s a somewhat unusual occurrence that follows a series of four full moon eclipses that are spaced out exactly six months at a time with no partial eclipses in between. Technically, this event is called a “lunar tetrad”. Here were the previous eclipses: April 14, 2014 October 7, 2014 April 4, 2015 September 27, 2015 In Arkansas, the full lunar eclipse will start at 9:11pm […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Major Cold Front; Below Normal Temperatures Soon!

    Two cold fronts are set to arrive in Arkansas this week. The first arrives on Tuesday night, with another sometime late week. Expect a large drop in temperatures and humidity heading into next weekend. This map from the Climate Prediction Center show a high probability for below normal temperatures for all of Arkansas from September 13-17th. The cool air that arrives later this week is expected to linger for at least another week. Normal highs this time of year are […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: When Will It Feel Like Fall?

    It’s September, but it sure doesn’t feel like it! September is marked by rapid change in our area with temperatures falling from normal highs in the 80s and 90s to the mid 70s at the end of the month. As I’m typing this blog at 4pm on Thursday, September 3rd, the heat index is nearly 100º! But it’s not this map that catches my eye; take a look at what’s going on farther to the northwest. As the sun angle […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Ragweed Made Worse By Wind & Dry Weather

    While most of the the notorious allergy producers occur in the Spring months, the late summer is when Ragweed allergies kick into full gear. According to one study at the University of Tulsa the peak concentration of airborne Ragweed allergens is around September 10th.  The highest amount of allergens occur with warm and windy weather; the lowest amount with humid & wet weather. The highest amounts of irritants in the atmosphere is around the 10am-3pm each day. Ragweed isn’t the […]


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