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: Scattered Rain Continues: Dry Air Arrives Overnight

    The cold front continues to make slow progress to the south with scattered showers and thunderstorms developing along and ahead from the front. The best chance for rain on Friday evening will be from Fort Smith and south with the rain chances ended from north to south overnight. As of Friday afternoon a cluster of showers and thunderstorms were located across the Ozarks moving southeast. Where is the so-called ‘drier air’? The dry air is lagging behind the front. On […]

  • Garrett’s Blog: Scattered Rain Into Friday; Then Cooler

    The big weather story is the cold front that’s about to move into our area dropping temperatures some 10-15º but more importantly, dropping the humidity across the entire area into the weekend. Rain timing: The best chance for rain will be overnight into the first part of the day on Friday. Most of the afternoon and evening on Friday will be dry as north winds bring in cooler air with lower humidity. Hour-by-hour… FRIDAY 7AM: Scattered showers with a few […]

  • Garrett’s Blog: Relief Arriving This Weekend

    A weak front will move into the area on Thursday night into Friday with scattered showers and thunderstorms developing. As of today, it appears the front will clear the area in time for the weekend with drier and more comfortable weather with much lower dewpoints moving in from the north. This maps shows dewpoints for Tuesday morning in the 50s which is much cooler than the mid 70 dewpoints we’re experiencing this week. The higher the dewpoint, the more humid […]

  • Garrett’s Blog: International Space Station Visible Tonight

    The International Space Station will be visible this evening for several minutes. Starting at 9:37pm it will appear 10º above the West-Southwest horizon. It will disappear 12º above the Northeast horizon. Typical flyovers last around 1-2min. Tonight, the ISS should be visible for a full 6-minutes. What are you looking for? It’ll look like an aircraft only there will be no flashing lights and it’ll appear to move faster. It will look like a fast moving star across the sky, […]

  • Garrett’s Blog: 24-Hour Rain Totals

    While most of us saw cooler temperatures yesterday due to rain in the area, not all of us had the rainfall. Some of the highest totals were in SW Washington County where nearly 3″ fell over Morrow & Dutch Mills. In the River Valley, some of the highest totals were in LeFlore County near Muse, Oklahoma where 2-3″ fell. Officially in Fort Smith, a “Trace” was recorded. In Fayetteville, nothing was reported. A few more scattered showers are possible Monday […]

  • Garrett’s Blog: Friday Was The Hottest Day of 2017

    The hottest temperature so far of 2017 was recorded in both Fayetteville and Fort Smith. At 2:55pm Friday, Fayetteville briefly hit 93º. Fort Smith hit 99º at 3:25pm this afternoon. Despite the warm temperatures, you can see how temperatures are actually still several degrees away from records despite being around 4-5º above normal. -Garrett

  • View Real-Time Temperatures & Heat Index Where You Live.

    The Heat Advisory has been expanded to include our entire area. Here’s a look at real-time temperatures and the heat index… -Garrett  

  • Garrett’s Blog: The Rest of July’s Outlook

    Despite a relatively mild start to summer the furnace is expected to really ramp up for late late-July into early August. The Climate Prediction Center forecast for the next two week shows higher than normal chances for above normal temperatures in Arkansas and Oklahoma with most of the country above normal with the exception of the northeast. Rain could trend below normal for our area for the remainder of July. Year-to-date rainfall continues to be above normal locally with +9.29″ […]

  • Garrett’s Blog: Hottest Week Of The Year

    The big story this week is the ridge of high pressure with some of the hottest temperatures of the year. As the ridge expands across our area temperatures will climb into the 90s to near 100º. The most likely day to hit 100º will be Thursday or Friday with the ridge flattening out by the weekend and slightly lower rain temperatures and minimal rain chances. Hot weather will continue for the foreseeable future… It’s summer! Garrett

  • Garrett’s Blog: Break From Heat With Scattered Rain

    So far this Summer, we’ve yet to see 100º temperatures and looking forward it doesn’t appear we’ll have any 100º highs in the next week or so. The last time we hit 100º in Fayetteville was August 7th of 2012. We did hit 100º in Fort Smith last year on August 12th. This high pressure ridge will slide west on Friday and Saturday with a temporary relief from the heat. 5PM Friday: Expect scattered showers and thunderstorms to develop across […]

  • Garrett’s Blog: July 4th Firework Forecast

    Scattered showers with a few thunderstorms will continue to be possible after dark but the majority of showers and storms will end. The upper low responsible for the rain will be in the area tonight and tomorrow with additional thunderstorms developing tomorrow afternoon. Rain could be more of a factor in NW Arkansas than farther south in the Fort Smith area since NWA is closer to the upper low. Sunset: 8:36pm; Civil Twilight (Complete darkness):  9:05pm Here’s the current forecast… 8PM […]

  • Garrett’s Blog: Tracking Another Storm Complex

    Another complex of showers and thunderstorms will affect all of us in the very early morning hours of July 4th. While the complex of storms will lose much of it’s intensity as it tracks from Oklahoma into Arkansas a few isolated severe wind gusts are possible. Expect another 1-2″ of locally heavy rain which could cause localized flash flooding. The heaviest rain on July 4th will be in the morning with more scattered development in the afternoon and evening with […]