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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    5NEWS Introduces “Weather Alert Day”

    What is a 5NEWS Weather Alert Day? The Weather Where You Live changes a lot in our area; however, there are days when we know the weather is going to cause a major disruption to your life. When weather threatens lives or property for a large number of our population, 5NEWS has instituted a Weather Alert Day to heighten awareness and to draw attention to the risk of dangerous weather. When will we issue a Weather Alert Day? A Weather […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Severe Weather Season in Arkansas

    Severe weather season in Arkansas will be reaching it’s peak in the coming days with April and May being the two months of the year when we receive the majority of severe weather reports in our area. Annually, our primary severe weather season is from March until early June. This is a look at average number tornado, hail, and damaging wind reports we receive each month. This year, we’ve already had 14 tornadoes in Arkansas with two of them in […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Expect Thundershowers Tonight

    The next round of heavy rain will move across our area overnight and into the morning on Wednesday. Severe weather is not anticipated and rainfall totals will range from 0.25″ – 0.50″. Rain will be heaviest and most widespread early in the day with a clearing in the afternoon with sunshine and warmer temperatures. Best chance for showers and thunderstorms will be between 3am and 6am Wednesday Storms will be moving into our area after 1am on Wednesday with the heaviest […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: More Rain Coming

    The wet pattern will continue into Wednesday with a stalled front in the area and multiple rounds of rain possible. The heaviest rain this week will be Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. None of the storms are expected to be severe with the best instability across south Texas. Rain totals locally will be an additional 1-3″. Here’s a look at some of the timing and the temperatures… This large block of high pressure across the east coast is slowing the […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Weekend Outlook & Rain Chances

    The low pressure to our southeast continues to churn higher humidity our way along with a few spotty showers. Rain chances are small this weekend with only a handful of spotty showers expected. The dark gray shading of the clouds indicates “warmer” clouds which are lower to the Earth. The lower clouds look and feel like “it’s about to rain”. Most of our area is overcast but showers are limited. As of 2:30pm Friday, there were a few scattered areas of rain tracking to […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Omega Block Slows Systems

    Most of the scattered rain has moved east of the region this week but at least minor rain chances will continue for the coming days with an increase in clouds. As long as the humid south/southeast winds continue a limited chance for rain will be in the forecast for several days. The best focus and forcing for rain still looks to be Monday of the upcoming week. The upper level pattern resembles an “omega” symbol with a large high pressure in […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Update On Light Rain

    Light rain with a weak upper low continues across the area this afternoon and this evening. Rain will continue to be light with minimal accumulation generally less than 1/4th of an inch. This is the upper low that’s causing the rain. It’s disconnected from the main jet stream so it’s slow moving and and lack upper level winds which is why the severe weather risk is nearly zero. The movement of the rain is generally to the east northeast this […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Light Rain Wednesday

    A weak upper level system will move across the area on Wednesday causing overcast skies a few showers during the day. This is the upper low that will move across the area on Wednesday. It’s disconnected from the main jet stream to the north so severe thunderstorms are not expected. For the morning drive at 7am on Wednesday, we’ll see some light rain moving across SE Oklahoma and SW Arkansas The heaviest looks to be around lunchtime. This is 11am […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Severe Storms Stay South Today

    The overnight complex of showers and thunderstorms has pushed a boundary (which will later serve as a focal point for storms) to our south. As a result, widespread storms are not anticipated for NW Arkansas or the Greater Fort Smith area. A few scattered showers and even a rumble of thunder are possible this evening but the chance for rain will diminish as you move from the south to the north with lower chances in Bentonville, slightly higher rain chances […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Thunderstorms Late Night; Severe Monday

    Cloud cover and humidity have been increasing across the area on Sunday with overcast skies and south winds. Storms developing in Oklahoma are expected to continue east into Arkansas after 3am. Some storms may be severe with a large hail risk. The highest threat for severe weather Sunday night into Monday morning is in central Oklahoma. 3AM Monday: Hi-Res Data shows thunderstorms in Eastern Oklahoma moving into NW Arkansas. 6AM Monday: Rain will continue to be a possibility for the morning drive […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: This Weekend; Scattered Rain Early Sunday

    Active weather will return to the area late this weekend into next week. Early Saturday will be very chilly with temperatures in the upper 30s and low 40s and clear skies. Clouds will increase through the weekend with scattered rain possible Sunday morning. The best rain chances will be on Monday including a risk of severe weather. Here’s how the weekend plays out… This is Saturday morning, a cold front will lead to the coolest temperatures across South Missouri and […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Late-Week Sunshine; Severe Next Week

    Wednesday’s cold front ushered in cooler air that will continue into late-week with lows in the 30s and highs below normal. The next solid chance for rain will arrive early next week; this could also be our next chance of severe weather. As usual, the April pattern will turn much more active in the next few weeks and a few of the stronger systems are already showing up on the forecast charts. Here’s a look at what I’m watching… This […]


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