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
  • Update on Thanksgiving Weather Forecast

    While calm weather is expected for most of this week, the temperatures will be all over the place with highs as cool as the 40s on Wednesday followed by highs approaching the 70s on Friday and Saturday. Here’s a look at the temperatures for Thanksgiving… THANKSGIVING 6AM: Morning temperatures near freezing in NW Arkansas and in the mid 30s in the River Valley. THANKSGIVING NOON: Sunny skies with highs in the mid 50s. THANKSGIVING 6PM: Clear skies and chilly with […]

  • Looking Ahead This Week

    Cold weather has returned for Sunday but the biggest difference from yesterday being the absence of the blustery north winds. Morning lows in NW Arkansas were 27º in Fayetteville and Fort Smith was as low as 34º. Calm and sunny weather is expected for Sunday and most of the upcoming week with highs in the upper 50s or low 60s. While parts of the Midwest and the Northeast are affected by a winter system over the upcoming holiday; it appears […]

  • The Most Amazing Weather Video You’ll See This Year

    Tracking invisible aerosols. Sounds impossible, right? Scientists with NASA use the latest in satellites combined with a family of computer models referred to as their Global Earth Observing Systems to bring invisible aerosol particles to life as the mix and churn with weather systems across the world. This loop is from August 1st to November 1st, 2017. Some of the more amazing shots show the dust being blown off the Sahara and then trapped by water droplets, the white areas […]

  • Strong Winds Start Our Weekend

    Breezy south winds continue across the area with temperatures in the 70s with several areas of falling leaves combined with the warm weather. Looking ahead into tomorrow, north winds will take over with falling temperatures. Winds on Saturday will be just as breezy but in the opposite direction; from the north. -Garrett

  • 5NEWS Winter Weather Outlook

    The weather pattern going into the upcoming winter season shows a colder and snowier winter than last year. The next few months will be influenced by a weak La Nina pattern in the Pacific which could in-turn alter the path of the jet stream across the United States. While this winter will likely be colder than last year, it may still trend above normal as an average. There are no signals for sustained cold across our area for the next […]

  • Dense Fog Possible Into Thursday Morning

    Dense Fog Advisories have been issued for portions of our area. Recent rainfall combined with clear skies, calm winds, and cool temperatures will lead to locally dense fog in many areas thru Thursday morning. Fog should mix-out during the mid-morning hours with increasing clouds headed into late Thursday and Friday. -Garrett

  • Wednesday’s Rainfall Totals

    This is a look at the rainfall accumulation map from Tuesday night into Wednesday. The higher rainfall totals occurred across NW Arkansas with far less in the Greater Fort smith area. The highest amounts were recorded in Benton County where totals approached 1″ in many areas. This is a look at expected rain totals on Thursday & Friday with the next cold front. It won’t be much. Many locations will continue to pick up only meager amounts of rain despite […]

  • Heads Up Black Friday Shoppers; Cold Coming

    It’s a LONG way out but I wanted to give you an update on the forecast for Thanksgiving. There appears to be a big weather system affecting the central and eastern United States on Thanksgiving week. There will be a big snow for someone. It’s too early to tell exactly where but it’ll likely be in the northeast (maybe the central plains closer to us, too?). This is Noon on Thanksgiving with a large front moving across the area. The […]

  • Potential Arctic Blast for Thanksgiving Weekend

    The weather has been cool and rainy the last few days but the next big weather story could be a potential Arctic Blast for the Thanksgiving weekend. We’ll be keeping close eye on it as we head into this weekend and early next week. -Chris

  • Fall Colors With SKY5 Drone

    Fall colors have moved past peak across much of our area but there are still some vibrant colors to be found. Generally, the Oak and the Beech trees will show color long after the leaves have fallen off the neighboring trees. The color this year was much better than last year but was also short lived. A cold front in the middle of the peak color brought the best colors to a halt. The peak occurred in NW Arkansas around […]

  • Wednesday’s Rain: Hour-By-Hour

    A weak front will be moving across the area early on Wednesday with the best rain chances during the first part of the day. Rain amounts will be light with most totals less than 1/4″. The second half of the day on Wednesday will feature clearing skies from the north to the south and we could see some sunshine towards the afternoon in both NW Arkansas & the River Valley. Here’s how it looks hour-by-hour… 6AM WEDNESDAY: Scattered rain across […]

  • Overcast Tuesday; Storm Chances Late Week?

    Overcast weather will continue into Tuesday evening with overall rain chances remaining light. Temperatures will hold steady into the 50s. Rain Wednesday appears to be confined to the first part of the day with fewer showers on Thursday followed by a stronger front on Friday. -Garrett