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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: Local Lunar Eclipse Viewing Times

    The Sun, the Moon, & the Earth will all for a straight line Saturday morning with a full lunar eclipse occurring. With the recent cold front, we should have optimum conditions for viewing. Here are the times to view the eclipse in Western Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma on Saturday morning April 4th. Start: 5:16am Totality: 6:58am Peak: 7:00am Ends: 7:03AM The total eclipse is expected to be a shortest one this century lasting only 4:43min. This eclipse is often referred […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Easter/Weekend Forecast

    The cold front has swept across the entire area with temperatures much colder than yesterday. Overnight, lows are expected to be in the 30s and may get as low a freezing from I40 and north. Expect sunny skies on Saturday with highs in the 60s and high pressure overhead. After a pleasant and dry Easter sunrise, another quick system will arrive on Sunday bringing some rain chances in the afternoon and evening but no severe weather is expected. Here’s a […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Severe Storms Tonight

    The atmosphere in northeast Oklahoma is becoming increasingly unstable with storm development likely this evening after 5pm. The storms will rapidly become severe. Storms that remain┬áisolated will become supercells with a higher tornado risk. This image shows simulated radar at 7pm. Notice how Benton County is the area of most concern. This is the Tornado Probability Outlook from the Storm Prediction Center. The orange color shows the area most favored for tornadoes tonight. The severe risk will shift east late […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Rainy Weather & The Weekend Forecast

    Rain will continue across the entire area Friday evening with a slow clearing from the west to the east. Rain will be slow to leave on Saturday with clearing skies in the afternoon. Sunday will be the weekend day of choice with highs near 70┬║. The next rain chance should be around Wednesday of the upcoming week. Here’s a look at the specifics for the upcoming weekend forecast. This is the low pressure that’s causing all of the rain. It’s […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Rain Totals, Fog, More Rain

    Locally dense fog will likely develop on Wednesday morning with plentiful moisture at the surface due to recent rains. After the fog lifts mid-morning sunny skies will take over for Wednesday with another surge of moisture and rain chances arriving again on Thursday and Friday. In the last 48 hours, rainfall totals have been heaviest from I40 and south with over 1″ of rain falling in Sallisaw. The recent precipitation combined with clearing skies and calm winds on Tuesday night, […]

  • 4:15PM Winter Storm Update

    Garrett’s latest TV Update on the ongoing Winter Storm Warning.

  • 3:30PM Winter Storm Update

    Latest TV Update on the ongoing Winter Storm in the area.

  • Garrett’s Update: When The Snow Ends & Melting On Roads Begins

    Light to moderate snow will continue across the area through at least 2am with drier air filtering in overnight and clearing skies for sunrise. Final snow totals will be in the 2-4″ range with some local totals near 6″. Full sunshine on Thursday will speed up the melting process on roads. Temperatures are expected to climb above freezing by Noon with widespread melting on main highways and interstates. Road conditions will be much improved by Thursday afternoon. Secondary and rural […]

  • Evening Winter Storm Update

    Winter Storm Warnings continue with additional snow likely overnight.

  • Garrett’s Blog: Winter Storm Update

    Travel conditions continue to worsen across the area with temperatures falling across the area from the north to south. Snow and sleet will continue to fall into the evening hours with light snow or flurries continuing until 2am. Average accumulations will vary but will likely be in the 2-4″ range with locally higher amounts. Roads will continue to be slick and hazardous into the evening and overnight. Improvement is not expected on main roads until 11am or Noon on Thursday. […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: NWS Upgrades To Winter Storm Warning

    A Winter Storm Warning is now in effect for most of the area with Winter Weather Advisories also in effect. The difference between a “warning” and “advisory” deals snow accumulation. In the areas where 4″+ of snow or .25″ of ice are possible (it doesn’t mean it will happen, but it means it’s a possibility) the National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning. In areas where less than 4″ of snow appear likely an “advisory” has been issued. […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Wednesday’s Winter Storm

    The latest in a barrage of winter storms to affect the area will move in on Wednesday. Winter Storm Watches are already in effect. Upwards of 2-4″ of a snow/sleet mix will be possible with locally higher amounts in the Ozarks. The heaviest totals will be in North Central Arkansas. Roads are expected to become slick and slow again on Wednesday and could continue to be slick into Thursday. School and business cancellations are possible both days. Here’s how the […]

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