Garrett Lewis

Garrett Lewis, KFSM-TV's Chief Meteorologist, can be seen weeknights at 5, 6, & 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. In fact, Garrett's passion for weather led to an unusual hobby: collecting hailstones and freezing them in the refrigerator.

Garrett joined 5NEWS in December 1999 and went on-air in July of 2001. Garrett now works as the Chief Meteorologist and can be seen at 5, 6, and 10 p.m. on 5NEWS. Garrett first attended Westark College (Now, University of Arkansas - Fort Smith). His weather credentials come from Mississippi State University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geosciences with an emphasis in Broadcast Meteorology.

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's hobbies include weight training, bicycling, running, mountain climbing, playing acoustic guitar, and working closely with the local church.

You may hear Garrett on the HAM radio during severe weather. His call sign is KD5OMI. During severe weather the MAX5 Storm Team coordinates with local Skywarn Storm Spotters as well as the National Weather Service in both Little Rock and Tulsa to share emergency information.

Garrett and his wife, Ashley, have been married for 9 years and welcomed their first son, Graham, in the spring of 2011.

Recent Articles

  • Garrett’s Blog: Upcoming Rain, Severe Risk, & Snow

    Posted on: 4:19 pm, December 19, 2013, by

    It’s the last weekend before Christmas with many of you either heading out-of-town or doing some last-minute shopping. The weather...
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  • Garrett’s Blog: Rare Sight Over NWA This Morning

    Posted on: 2:53 pm, December 10, 2013, by , updated on: 04:09pm, December 10, 2013

    Did you happen to catch a glimpse of the sun this morning? It appeared there were 3 bright suns around...
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    Photo: Cherie Clark December 10th, 2013
  • Garrett’s Blog: Social Media Pictures of Roads

    Posted on: 3:52 pm, December 8, 2013, by , updated on: 03:56pm, December 8, 2013

    The best way to see road conditions from across the area today has been through social media. Here is a...
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    New Hope Road in Rogers on 12/8/2013 iPIX: Holly Killbreth
  • Garrett’s Blog: Preliminary Snow/Ice Totals

    Posted on: 3:07 pm, December 6, 2013, by

    With the snow and the ice ending, the National Weather Service in Tulsa has issued their preliminary estimates for the...
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  • Garrett’s Live Winter Storm Updates

    Posted on: 5:45 pm, December 4, 2013, by , updated on: 10:09am, December 5, 2013

    A winter storm is set to affect the area on Thursday and Friday with widespread travel problems and power outages...
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    Ice Storm picture from crippling 2009 Springdale Ice Storm iPIX: Melissa Jones
  • Garrett’s Blog: Winter Storm Coming; Warnings in Effect

    Posted on: 4:16 pm, December 4, 2013, by , updated on: 04:23pm, December 4, 2013

    A strong winter storm will affect the area on Thursday into Friday. There will be several opportunities to pick up...
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  • Garrett’s Blog: Timing The Winter Storm

    Posted on: 8:19 pm, December 3, 2013, by , updated on: 09:47pm, December 3, 2013

    A Winter Storm Watch is in effect for Thursday and Friday and it’s very likely that this watch will be...
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  • GARRETT’S BLOG: Evaluating Wintry Potential

    Posted on: 3:25 pm, December 2, 2013, by , updated on: 03:32pm, December 2, 2013

    The first significant round of winter weather could affect our area later on this week. Cold, shallow, dense air will...
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  • Garrett’s Passion Keeps Family, Community Safe

    Posted on: 10:50 am, November 21, 2013, by

    For more than a decade Garrett Lewis has been the face of weather in Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley,...
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  • The Cold Front Is Here!

    Posted on: 10:36 pm, November 11, 2013, by

    The Arctic cold front arrived in Benton County with colder air continuing to pour in overnight into Tuesday morning. By...
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  • Garrett’s Blog: Temperature Drop Alert!

    Posted on: 1:42 pm, November 11, 2013, by

    Summary: A powerful cold front will move into Arkansas and Oklahoma on Monday night dropping temperatures around 30º. Light rain and...
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  • Garrett’s Blog: Winter 2014 Forecast

    Posted on: 4:38 pm, October 23, 2013, by

    The Old Farmer’s Almanac has released their 2014 Winter Weather forecast which is calling for cold and snowy conditions in...
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