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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.

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    Garrett’s Blog: Sunday’s Storms

    Scattered showers and thunderstorms will develop in Oklahoma and move into Arkansas late afternoon and evening. The storms are expected to be severe with damaging winds and large hail the primary threat. The image above shows a Hi-Res computer model’s depiction of thunderstorms around 6pm. The storms are developing along a cold front which should clear the area by midnight. Unusually cold temperatures will follow with highs only in the 40s on Monday and a Freeze Warning in effect for […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Rainfall Totals

    The slow movement of the cold front last night led to higher rainfall totals in Northwest Arkansas and a lower risk of severe weather than expected. Totals were generally lower as the system gained speed and moved to the east. Officially, rainfall totals were highest in the Springdale and the Johnson area where nearly 2″ of rain fell within a few hours time. A look at Rainvision shows us the narrow bands of rain from across NE Oklahoma near Tahlequah […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Potential Tornado Outbreak

    The ingredients for a multi-state tornado outbreak are coming together for this afternoon and this evening. Storms will develop along an approaching dryline and will quickly begin to rotate. Any discrete supercell storms will have the potential for large hail, damaging winds, and tornadoes. The tornadoes risk will shift east later this evening. Timing: Most hi-res data indicates that storm initiation will take place between 2-3pm with storms affecting our area (both Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley) from 3pm-7pm. […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Mid-March Tornado Chances

    The unusually cold winter and colder than normal start to the Spring season could lead to limited severe weather or at least a delayed severe weather season in our area. The classic spring severe weather setup usually requires warm, moist air from the Gulf of Mexico; cold fronts are still easily making it deep into the Gulf of Mexico which is unusual for mid to late March. The image above shows the significant tornado chances for March, 19th. Notice that […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Sunday Snow

    ***Update: Snow continues to fall across Northwest Arkansas as the rain changes over with the cold air arriving. Due to the warm temperatures yesterday, timing of snow during daylight, & relatively warm air temperatures the snow is only expected to stick to roads when it’s coming down heavy before melting off of roads. It is expected to accumulate on grassy and elevated surfaces where 1-2″ is likely. Some locations could see up to 3″. The low pressure is deepening and […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Snow Chances Sunday

    A mostly rain dominate event will affect the area over this weekend with several inches of rain possible on Saturday night into Sunday morning. As the cold air arrives from the northwest it will mix briefly with the moisture causing some light snow to fall. Due to the snow occurring during the daylight hours and relatively warmer ground conditions than weeks ago, it’s unlikely we’ll see widespread travel implications and snow accumulations may be held to elevated and grassy surfaces. […]

  • Adventure Arkansas: Hot Springs

    This week we loaded up the Adventure Arkansas Subaru and hit the road to Hot Spring Arkansas.  The drive is roughly 3 hours from our area and is the only horse racing track in the Natural State. Oaklawn was established over 100-years ago in 1905 when Hot Springs was one of the premiere resort towns in the country. The natural springs were thought to promote healing and wellness which also made the town the birthplace of Spring Baseball hosting the […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: A Week Later, Nearly 40-50º Warmer!

    What’s the old saying? “If you don’t like Arkansas Weather: Just wait a few days.” In less than a week’s time, high temperatures have rocketed into the 70s from the low 20s. We started last week in Northwest Arkansas at 1º for the morning low. Highs today (Monday) are expected to be in 70s. We also went from snow to spring in the Fort Smith area with high temperatures last Monday near 29º and nearly 45º degrees warmer with highs […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Why is Arkansas So Poor at Snow Removal?

    The latest West Memphis I-40 and I-55 snow traffic debacle has me asking the same question raised months ago after Northwest Arkansas was shut down for a week after the snow moved out. Why can’t we clear the roads like Tennessee, Oklahoma, or Missouri? Our newsroom talked to a viewer today from St. Paul; their child has missed 21 days of school this year due to bad roads. The economic loss alone from these excessive snow days has got to be in the millions […]

  • Video: Thundersleet

    Thunderstorms with sleet occur when elevated thunderstorms develop on top of an arctic cold airmass. On March 2nd, 2014, thunderstorms developed around 20-30,000ft. A warm layer was located around 5,000ft above the surface and was nearly 50º; but a shallow arctic layer was located underneath that. Essentially we had thunderstorms producing rain which fell into a super cold airmass and the raindrops froze causing sleet. In this case, we had the unusual phenomena known as ‘thundersleet’. Tammy Hill Parks sent […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: New Futurecast Timeline

    New data coming in regarding the timeline of the upcoming winter storm. Some of the details may change in the next 24 hours. We’ll have team coverage Sunday morning as the event unfolds with developing updates all day long. 2am Sunday, First round of freezing precipitation moves in. Should be a mixture of sleet and freezing rain in the purple colors. By 7am, Northwest Arkansas should see sleet and freezing rain. In the River Valley it may change back and […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Ice Accumulations

    Although ice is possible across much of the area, the highest totals of over .10″ or greater are expected across SE Oklahoma and West Central Arkansas. This will be enough ice for power outages. In Northwest Arkansas there will be a longer period of sleet as opposed to freezing rain. Freezing rain in SE Oklahoma and West Central Arkansas could top .30″ in isolated areas. Expect power outages and slick and hazardous road conditions into Monday. On the back side […]


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