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
  • Garrett’s Blog: Overnight Storms; Stronger Round Tuesday

    The weather pattern will remain unsettled for the next 48 hours with several rounds of showers and thunderstorms possible. To try to simplify what’s about to take place, I’ve broken it down into three time-frames: Monday Night/Tuesday Morning Warm front pulls humidity and warmth north Now-Overnight: Scattered storms developing Low severe risk; hail the main threat Tuesday Evening Storms along the dry-line in Eastern Oklahoma 2pm-8pm Unsure if storms will actually develop; if they do supercells with a tornado risk […]

  • Garrett’s Blog: Weekend Forecast

    Saturday: It’ll be icy cold on Saturday morning with temperatures in the 40s to near 50 in the afternoon with mostly sunny skies. Sunday: Increasing clouds with slightly warmer temperatures. Rain chances will return after dark. This is Sunday at 6pm, you can see the rain starting to breakout across the area. We’ll have a chance for thunderstorms both day early next week on Monday and Tuesday followed by comfy weather and sunshine to end next week. -Garrett

  • Garrett’s Blog: Does a Warm Winter Mean a Hot Summer?

    If you’re like me, you’re wondering if a hot winter leads to a hot summer? The short answer is no, not necessarily. In Winter, the average position of the jet stream is usually farther south but it typically swings wildly leading to large changes in temperatures in small amounts of time. In Summer, the jet stream is farther north with fewer swings to the south. One thing that usually DOES lead to a hot summer is a drought or dry Spring. […]

  • Garrett’s Blog: Record Highs Everywhere; Much Colder Friday

    Both daily records have been crushed this afternoon with Fayetteville and Fort Smith both breaking the records set back in 1982 of 77º & 81º respectively. This is the hottest temperature Fort Smith has seen in the month of February since 1911 of 87º. Highs on Friday will only be near 60º so some 20 degrees cooler than this afternoon.

  • Garrett’s Blog: Record Highs Followed By Hard Freeze

    The back-and-forth weather continues for the next several days; with record highs on Thursday, followed by a hard freeze this weekend, then warmer weather with severe storm potential on Tuesday. Both NW Arkansas and the Fort Smith area should see temperatures in the 80s on Thursday breaking the record highs set in 1982. Recent data shows a hard freeze likely on Saturday and Sunday morning with temperatures down into the 20s. -Garrett

  • Dense Fog Wednesday Morning

    A Dense Fog Advisory is in effect for most of W/NW Arkansas into Wednesday morning. Visibility will be less than around 1/2 mile in many locations. Skies will clear rapidly by afternoon and sunny warm weather takes over and mixes out the fog. -Garrett

  • Garrett’s Blog: Record Highs Again This Week

    Record warm temperatures are once again in the forecast for the next two afternoons with high temperatures climbing to near 80º The warmth continues after what has already been an usually warm winter. As of today: February 2017 is the hottest on record for Fayetteville with an average temperature of 48º beating the 1976 record of 47.8º. It’s currently the 2nd hottest on record for Fort Smith with an average temperature of 52.8º just shy of the 1930 record of […]

  • Garrett’s Blog: Fog, Lingering Rain, Then Clearing

    Locally dense fog will develop across some parts of the area into Tuesday morning with the cloud clearing line making it’s way across Oklahoma and into Arkansas. Some of the lower clouds and lingering rain might prevent a widespread fog event in Arkansas. While the bulk of the rain on Tuesday morning will be in Tennessee & Mississippi, there’s a chance we could see a few lingering showers early in the day before sunny skies return Tuesday afternoon. -Garrett

  • Garrett’s Blog: Rain Arriving For Monday Morning

    Scattered showers and thunderstorms will be likely on Monday morning with a front moving into the area from the west. The highest chance for rain will be during the first part of the day with lower chances in the afternoon. Overall, next week is shaping up nicely with mostly sunny skies and near record high temperatures in the upper 70s to near 80º by the middle of the week. The latest high-resolution data shows the rain arriving between 5am and […]

  • Garrett’s Blog: Tracking Sprinkles & Light Rain

    An upper level low has caused a steady increase in cloud cover during the day on Friday and will lead to a few patchy areas of light rain or a sprinkle for Friday night and early Saturday. Expect plenty of clouds this weekend but an overall dry trend for both days. Temperatures will once again be near record highs and pushing the low to mid 70s on Sunday. On Sunday night, the larger area of rain will move into Arkansas […]

  • Garrett’s Blog: Small Rain Chance This Weekend; Rain Likely Next Week

    There are two chances for rain in coming days with temperatures continuing to be above normal heading into the weekend. Saturday Morning: A passing shower before Noon Monday-Tuesday: Heavier rain and thunderstorms. Monday is the best chance. This is Saturday around Noon. There could be a passing shower or two but for the most part the weekend will remain dry. You’ll notice several more clouds across the area on both Saturday and Sunday. This is Monday around Noon. Rain will move […]

  • Garrett’s Blog: January 3rd Hottest Globally; But What About Locally?

    January 2017 was the 3rd hottest January on record globally. The historical data goes back 137 years and is comprised of 6,300 weather stations around the world. Last year’s 2016 month of January was the hottest on record with a temperatures 1.12ºC warmer than the mean temperature. The second hottest January was 2007 at 0.96ºC warmer. This year was 0.92ºC warmer than the mean. Locally, January 2017 was the 10th warmest in NW Arkansas. In the Fort Smith area, January […]