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: Expect Storms Friday Evening

    A line of showers and thunderstorms will move into the area late Friday afternoon into Friday Evening. Instability is lacking with plenty of shear available for storms. This scenario tends to produce a line of strong to severe storms with a wind damage potential rather than isolated cells with a tornado potential. Rainfall totals will be heavier with this line of storms and will likely be in the neighborhood of 1″. There could be some wrap around moisture on the […]

  • Garrett’s Blog: Multiple Rounds of Severe Weather Coming

    The upper level pattern looks very cranky over the next week with several chances for severe weather. There are three episodes that stand out as days with higher potential than others. Friday Evening Sunday Late-Night Wednesday The first low arrives on Friday evening and while instability is stronger in Texas there is a chance for strong to severe thunderstorms locally due to the amount of wind shear present. I would suspect a fairly robust line of severe storms with a […]

  • Garrett’s Blog: Warmest Start To Spring In Over A Decade

    Spring is off to a very warm start with highs the warmest in at least 10 years. The last time Spring started even close to this warm was in 2011 when Fayetteville set a daily (now broken) record high of 79º. In that year, Fort Smith was 86º. The latest forecast from the Climate Prediction Center shows a high likelihood of warmer than normal temperatures thru mid-March. The coolest start to Spring in the last 10-years was in 2013 when […]

  • Garrett’s Blog: Rain Late On Friday

    Cloudy skies will continue for most of Thursday and Friday with rain chances late Friday as a cold front arrives from the north. Breezy south winds will continue during the day and will increase the cloud cover and humidity and could lead to a stray shower during the day. The best chance for rain will arrive after dark until midnight. This image shows 11pm on Friday with moving from north to south. Most of the rain will be over by […]

  • Garrett’s Blog: Colder This Week; Warmer Next Week

    In the wake of the recent cold front, temperatures have struggled to climb into the 40s across NW Arkansas with widespread low level clouds. Additionally, the breezy north winds have given us wind chill values as low and the 20s and (at times) teens in NW Arkansas. The winds should subside late Monday with a gradual warming trend towards the end of the week. Looking ahead, temperatures will climb back to near 80º as early as Monday of this upcoming […]

  • Winter Weather Advisory Issued For NW Arkansas

    A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for NW Arkansas for Saturday afternoon and evening. Rain will gradually mix with sleet or snow across Benton and Washington County. There’s a chance some freezing rain could occur in Madison and Carroll County and isolated power outages are possible. While accumulation is expected to be minimal, it may cause issued on roadways; especially later this evening. All snow and wintry weather will be out of the area by midnight or sooner. -Garrett

  • Hail Covers The Ground Across Northwest Arkansas

    Severe thunderstorms along a cold front covered the ground with hail across much of NW Arkansas. The storms are expected to weaken as they continue to push south and exit the area by midnight. Additional storms will be possible across the River Valley until late Thursday night when the front clears the area. -Garrett Fayetteville Hail from Allison Breashears

  • Severe Weather In Benton County

    Storm with golfball size hail potential will be in Benton County by 8pm. Bella Vista/Bentonville most at risk. Rotation also noted at times with this storm. -Garrett

  • Severe Thunderstorm Watch Until 11pm

    A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect until 11pm for NW Arkansas. Very large hail will be the main concern with any storms that develop. The risk is much higher in NW Arkansas than farther south into Fort Smith or the Ouachitas. This is 7pm Thursday and you can see the showers and thunderstorms moving in from the north. It is not expected to be a late night tonight with the line of storms quickly exiting the area by around […]

  • 5NEWS Talks with NWS About Severe Weather Season

    The National Weather Service in Tulsa provides free spotter training across the area to prepare for the upcoming severe weather season. No registration is require and it’s open to the public. March 9th: Ozark 6:30pm Arkansas Tech Ozark Campus March 11th: Poteau 1:00pm DW Reynolds Center March 13th Fort Smith 6:00pm EOC 8400 Zero Street March 15th Bentonville 7:00pm  NWACC Oak Room March 23rd Sallisaw 7:00pm EOC 108 Chickasaw

  • 2017 List of Local Storm Shelter Companies

    Here’s a list of local storm shelter companies if you’re looking to install a shelter where you live. If you would like for me to add or update your data, email me at -Garrett American Storm Shelters, Sallisaw: Atlas Safe Rooms, Joplin Arkansas Storm Shelters, Russellville BBB Septic, Storm Shelters, and Portable Toilets, Rogers: Cozy Caverns, Central Arkansas Dirt Doctors Family Safe Shelters, Bella Vista Ground Zero in OKC, Iron Tight, Tulsa Midwest […]

  • Tornado Watch Until 3am

    A Tornado Watch has been issued for most of Eastern Oklahoma and NW/W Arkansas until 3am. Cells are expected to develop ahead of the line this evening with additional storms to the northwest moving across the entire area late tonight. -Garrett