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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
  • Hurricane Maria Absolutely Shredded Puerto Rico’s NWS Doppler Radar

    Actual situation of Doppler radar after Hurricane María. Situación actual del radar Doppler luego del paso del huracán María. #prwx #usviwx pic.twitter.com/PtljfuaWoY — NWS San Juan (@NWSSanJuan) September 24, 2017 The National Weather Service in San Juan, Puerto Rico tweeted out these images of their badly damaged Doppler radar. Wow, this is TJUA San Juan, Puerto Rico radar back in March, and now after Hurricane Maria. Incredible. Recent photo courtesy of @NWSSanJuan pic.twitter.com/WFzIxZBbGn — Bryce Kintigh (@stormchasrbryce) September 24, 2017 […]

  • Garrett’s Blog: Spotty Showers Fade After Sunset

    It’s been nice to see a few showers with embedded thunderstorms this afternoon across the River Valley and Ouachitas. The isolated showers and thunderstorms will fade once the sun sets and no additional storms are expected overnight into Monday. Rain accumulation shows a pitter-patter of showers of in Logan and Scott Co with some of the heaviest rain around Waldron. The next system is associated with this slow-moving long-wave trough moving across the Southern Rockies. Rain chances don’t appear very […]

  • 5NEWS Weather: Next Front Brings Chilly Weather; Minimal Rain

    The system that is set to bring drastic temperatures changes across our area is currently located across Nevada and slowly advancing to the east-southeast. A steady flow of moisture is present ahead of the low from the panhandles into the Dakotas. The highest rain totals in the next week will be located in this large plume of moisture from the north to the north. Locally, rain totals won’t be as much but we’ll at least get some rain falling across […]

  • First Fall Cool-Down Coming Soon

    The first Cold Front of Fall will arrive midweek this upcoming week! The heat and humidity should continue through Monday and Tuesday.  Rain chances will start to arrive by late Monday and early Tuesday.  Showers and some storms could be possible through Wednesday.  Here are the latest rain chances for early next week: MONDAY _____ TUESDAY Once the Cold Front sweeps through, highs will drop into the 70s for both NW Arkansas and the River Valley.  Both Fayetteville and Fort […]

  • Human Cannonball State Fair Preview & Information

    The Arkansas Oklahoma State Fair runs September 22nd-30th.  General Admission: $8 Kids 3-11: $4 Kids 0-2: Free Wednesday Sept 27th: Gate Admission $1 or Non-perishable food item Unlimited Ride Armbands $24: Friday, September 22, 2017 from 4:00pm – Midnight Sunday, September 24, 2017 from Noon – 10:00pm Monday, September 25, 2017 from 4:00pm – 11:00pm (Buddy Night buy one get one FREE) Saturday, September 30, 2017 from 11:00am – 6:00pm Carnival Dates & Hours: September 22: 4:00pm – Midnight September […]

  • Garrett’s Blog: Hurricane Maria’s Track Shifts East

    The latest track from the National Hurricane Center shows a more eastward track in Hurricane Maria. The storm could bring Tropical Storm conditions to parts of the Bahamas this weekend but the shift in a more eastward track will keep the majority of the storm off the east coast. Currently, it appears the cold front that’s set to move across our area will nudge Maria a little farther east which *should* prevent the storm from directly affecting the northeast. Fingers […]

  • 5NEWS Weather: Maria Emerges as Category 3

    Hurricane Maria slammed in Puerto Rico on Wednesday as a strong Category 4 Hurricane with estimated winds over 150mph. The storm made a direct hit on the island with the path of the hurricane essentially tracking across the middle of the county. The country was 100% without power as of late Wednesday. The future track of the storm shows the U.S. Virgin Islands with potential impacts along the east coast by earlier next week. The speed of the cold front […]

  • Garrett’s Blog: Heat Until Next Week

    Unusually warm weather will continue for the next several days and into the weekend as a large ridge of high pressure remains anchored across the SE United States. The trough of low pressure that will eventually bring us the cooler weather won’t arrive until early next week. The slower movement and lack of significant moisture means minimal rain chances are expected but a widespread area-wide soaking is unlikely at the moment. Graphically, here’s the trend for the next 10-days with […]

  • Weekend Outlook

    It is the last weekend of Summer!  Temperatures will remain warm in the upper 80s and low 90s.  

  • Garrett’s Blog: Water Weird? You’re Drinking 2-Methylisoborneol

    First, don’t flip out: It’s completely safe to drink and within the acceptable limits; which is 1 drop per Olympic sized swimming pool or 5 parts-per-trillion. The problem is, this stuff makes the water taste wonky. So how did it get there? Every time you fertilize your lawn those nutrients eventually run-off into the gutters which eventually end up in the creeks which flow into Beaver Lake. The excess nutrients feed algae which causes large algae blooms, this process is […]

  • 5NEWS Weather: Winter Forecasting With Persimmon Seeds

    According to folklore, the shape of a Persimmon Seed foretells of the upcoming winter weather season. A spoon indicates a heavy, wet snow A fork indicates a dry, light snow A knife indicates cutting, cold winds The official Climate Prediction Center forecast indicates higher than normal chances of warm temperatures for December, January, & February. My personal opinion is this Winter season will be snowier than last year. Last year, we were in the middle of a strong El Niño […]

  • Football Friday Night Forecast

    Warm weather takes over for Football Friday Night with temperatures in the 80s at kickoff which is about 10º warmer than last week. AT KICKOFF 7PM These temperatures at 7pm show widespread 80s in Northwest Arkansas and the Greater Fort Smith area. It may have felt like Fall for the last two weeks at local schools but this week will certainly feel more like late Summer weather. -Garrett