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: Low Rain Chances This Weekend

    The chances for rain continue to dwindle with only the small chance for a few passing showers on Saturday afternoon and evening and primarily across the River Valley and locations south of I40. Futurecast shows plenty of clouds and breezy south winds on Saturday with temperatures in the 40s. The latest data shows a few spotty showers around 4pm on Saturday; rainfall amounts are expected to remain light. Beyond this, a few showers and thunderstorms return to the forecast on […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Dry Conditions Continue Into Weekend

    This picture is from Larry Wolfrum in Lake Ludwig out towards Clarksville, Arkansas. He said the area they’re standing is usually above his head when the lake is full! The latest drought monitor continues to show “Extreme Drought” conditions from the Fort Smith area east into the River Valley. Although dry in NW Arkansas it does appear that conditions improve as you travel north into Benton County. Five-day precipitation forecasts show minimal rain in our area for the upcoming week. […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Rain Chances Coming Up

    Cool temperatures will last into the weekend but the amount of rainfall on Saturday afternoon and evening looks meager at best. Another chance for showers and probably a few thunderstorms will arrive on Monday of the upcoming week. Despite the cooler weather for the weekend the next week will feature highs back in the 70s as early as Monday. This shows precipitation on Saturday evening. Look for overcast skies and a few light rain showers. This is Monday at Noon. […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Record Highs

    Record highs end the month of January with both records falling in Fayetteville and Fort Smith. Temperatures will decrease for the remainder of the week starting on Wednesday as north winds take over and filter cooler temperatures across the Natural State. -Garrett

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    Garrett’s Blog: Warmer Into February But Cooler This Weekend

    Warmer than normal temperatures are expected for the next few weeks as we head into February. That said, there will be noticeably cooler temperatures arriving towards the end of the week and the weekend. This is the trend for Fayetteville, Arkansas with temperatures cooling and leveling off into 40s to near 50 by the end of the week.   In Fort Smith, temperatures will also trend colder for the weekend with temperatures coolest on Saturday followed by warmer temperatures on […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Weekend Forecast

    A nice and cool weekend is coming for most of Arkansas and Oklahoma with sunny skies on Saturday and more clouds on Sunday. Both days will have west/northwest winds from 10-25mph and a few occasional gusts to over 30mph. Highs will be in the 40s or low 50s with freezing morning temperatures in the 20s. Dry weather is expected for most of the upcoming work week as we end January and start February with the next widespread rain chance next […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Calm Weather Continues, Rain In February

    Here’s a look at the upper level jet stream later this month. When the jet streams are west to east with very little up and down movement, it’s known as a zonal pattern and usually results in a stretch of calm weather with minor swings in temperature. An amplified pattern like the image on the bottom shows large troughs and large ridges and usually results in a more progressive and active pattern with stormy weather and large temperature swings. Best […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Rainfall Update

    Dry weather conditions continue across the Fort Smith area and much of the River Valley. In Northwest Arkansas, rainfall has been running around 1-3″ above normal with improving drought conditions. This map reflects above and below normal rainfall for the last 30 days. January rainfall so far… Fort Smith: 2.34″ Fayetteville: 2.39″ This is the latest drought monitor for the south which also reflect the ongoing drought conditions in the Greater Fort Smith area. -Garrett

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    Garrett’s Blog: Warmer & Windy; Fire Danger

    Unusually warm temperatures combined with high winds and low humidity will create hazardous fire weather conditions on Tuesday afternoon from Noon to 5pm. As an approaching low pressure system arrives from the west, winds will turn southerly with frequent gusts over 30mph pushing temperatures in the mis 60s to low 70s. The cold front will arrive late Tuesday evening with much colder temperatures for Wednesday. **Burning is not recommended Tuesday despite no burn bans being in effect** As of Monday […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Upcoming Weekend Forecast

    After another morning of locally dense fog, we’ll see more sunshine on Friday and Saturday in the afternoon with warmer temperatures. Rain chances will return to the area on Sunday. 6AM Sunday: Rain with a few thunderstorms will be in the area on Sunday morning. Sunday Noon: Showers will begin to shift east out of the area but could continue into the early afternoon. Rain totals in our area will range from around .50″ to 1″. -Garrett

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    Garrett’s Blog: 2016 Warmest Year On Record; What About Arkansas?

    The year 2016 was the warmest on record globally since record keeping began in 1880. The trend of warming follows the post industrial era which has experienced continual warming since the 1970s and is believed to be caused by an increase greenhouse gas emissions which increases the radiative heating which is absorbed by our ocean & atmosphere. The hottest year on record for our area was in 2012 for both Fayetteville and Fort Smith. The year 2016 ranks as the […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Light Rain Wednesday

    Expect overcast skies with scattered areas of light rain during the day on Wednesday. The highest rain chances will be across SW Arkansas and SE Oklahoma with lesser amounts the farther north you go. It does appear we’ll be stuck under cloudy skies for both Wednesday and most of Thursday as an area of low pressure moves to our south and into Alabama and Georgia and causes a few severe thunderstorms in that area later this week. For us, it’s […]