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: The Timing of Severe Storms Tonight

    A line of severe thunderstorms will move into Arkansas late tonight before weakening as they move into central Arkansas. The storms will pose a high risk for wind damage and will likely contain pockets of rotation with occasional tornado warnings as the low level winds veer into the late night hours. The highest risk for tornadoes will be in central Oklahoma but over time the storms will move east into Arkansas forming a line of storms with damaging winds and […]

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    Weather Alert Day

    5NEWS Meteorologists have declared a Weather Alert Day for all of NW Arkansas, Eastern Oklahoma, & the Arkansas River Valley. An outbreak of tornadoes and severe storms is expected across Oklahoma and Kansas late this evening. The threat will shift east after-dark. Severe storms are likely as the line of storms moves into Arkansas late tonight. Timeline: 10pm to 3am (This image shows 10pm Tuesday with strong to severe storms in Eastern Oklahoma about to transition into Arkansas) Here’s what […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Severe Storms Tuesday Evening

    Spring severe weather returns Tuesday night with the best chance for severe thunderstorms locally after dark. Storms initially develop west of us near I35 in Oklahoma. These storms will quickly become supercells capable of tornadoes and very large hail. The storms move east into the evening and will likely grow into a line before arriving here sometime after dark Tuesday night. The most likely time of arrival currently appears to be in the 8pm to 11pm time-frame but could change depending on […]

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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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