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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: Weekend Rain Chances

    We’ll have a break in the active pattern before more rain moves in soon. Here are the main takeaways: Rain late Friday night around midnight (not severe) Few showers Saturday evening (not severe) Cold rain Sunday afternoon (not severe) Heavy rain along a warm front Monday. Severe. Hail primary threat. Thunderstorms Monday evening into Tuesday. Severe. Hail, Wind, Tornadoes all a threat. Flash Flooding could be an issue next week. In the short-term, it’ll be cool (almost chilly) on Friday […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Storms Tonight; Some Strong

    Compared to the last severe weather setup this one has a lower potential for large tornadoes but it’s likely that a few storms will be on the strong to severe side as they arrive later this evening. The storms are developing along a cold front that will be slowly sagging south across the area overnight. The time for severe storms is 9pm-2am.  As the night wears on the threat of severe weather will slowly diminish. The main threat is wind […]

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    Weather Update

    Storms are currently in the area but the strongest storms will still likely arrive late this evening and target location from Fort Smith and south.  

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    ‘Weather Alert Day’ Declared For Monday

    5NEWS Meteorologists have declared Monday, May 9th as a Weather Alert Day for NW Arkansas and the River Valley. Weather Alert Days are used to emphasize a higher than normal risk of severe weather including damaging wind and tornadoes that affects a large portion of the viewing area. The latest data indicates the potential for a broken line of supercell storms in Eastern Oklahoma moving into NW and West Central Arkansas in the late afternoon and early evening hours. Supercell […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Sunny Streak, Storms Next Week

    The trend of calm and comfortable weather will continue into the week with changes on the way late-weekend into next week. It was a chilly morning early Tuesday with morning lows in the 30s and low 40s; this is nearly 15º below normal. Another Omega Block is setting up this week and this ridge will prevent that large low from advancing east. The ridge will finally break down sometime late weekend allow the showers and thunderstorms to move into the panhandles […]

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    NWS Confirms Tornado In Muldrow During April 26th Storms

    MULDROW (KFSM) — The National Weather Service determined Monday (May 2) the damage in Sulpher Springs and Pea Ridge, Arkansas from the storms on April 26th was caused by straight-line winds, however they confirmed a tornado track in Muldrow. The NWS is still working on the details, but preliminary reports indicate the tornado touched down a mile southeast of Muldrow. Meteorologists are also investigating two additional tornado tracks in Kibler and an area in Franklin County.

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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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