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: Severe Risk For Morning Rush

    Occasional rain will continue for Monday afternoon and evening but the heaviest will occur in the morning on Tuesday. Between 5am & Noon on Tuesday a line of strong to severe thunderstorms will move across the area. This will affect the drive to and from school early in the day Tuesday with delays expected. An hour-by-hour depiction on Futurecast is below. The main risk of severe weather is damaging wind with at least a limited tornado risk. Hail will not be […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Up To 5″ Of Rain Next Week!

    In the short-term, terrific Fall weather will wrap up the workweek and be in place for much of the upcoming weekend. The next upper level system is a slow mover with widespread rain chances likely into early next week. The highest rain chances will be on Monday and Tuesday. The rain will be caused by a large area of low pressure moving across the southern states. The influence of the subtropical jet off the west coast will feed rich moisture […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Storms Along Cold Front

    A strong cold front will sweep across the area on Wednesday with scattered thunderstorms likely. The storms will have the potential to be severe with wind damage as the main risk followed by at least a minimal risk of tornadoes. Time: 10am-3pm. 11am Thursday: Data shows the front causing showers and thunderstorms in the area moving NE. Some could be severe. The best time for storms will be an hour or two on either side of lunchtime. The highest risk […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Severe Storms Wednesday

    A fast-moving system will bring the chance for severe storms back to the area midweek. Here are the highlights: Timing is earlier: The front may arrive sometime between 11am-3pm. The strongest severe storms might be getting underway around lunchtime or after. Not much rain: The fast movement of the storms means rain totals will be light. Because storms will be scattered initially some of you won’t see any rain at all. Fast movement: Storms will accelerating along the front possibly as […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Expect Thunderstorms Tonight; Some Severe

    A cold front is moving across the area this afternon with scattered showers and thunderstorms likely. A few storms will be severe with wind damage the main threat followed by a limited tornado risk. Should any tornadoes actually develop they would be very brief in duration. Worth mentioning that at least of the storms this afternoon west of McAlester has shown signs of weak rotation. Weak rotation from earlier this afternoon in central Oklahoma. We have lots of shear in […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Thursday’s Storms

    A cold front arrives Thursday with plenty of humidity and high rain chances. Overcast skies and rain could be ongoing Thursday morning and will increase in coverage and intensity as the day wears on. Rain totals in Northwest Arkansas with be around 1″ with 1-2″ possible in the River Valley. Farther south, in the Ouachitas upwards of 3″ is possible with localized flash flooding. The best chance for severe storms will be in the late afternoon and evening. There isn’t much […]

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    Picher, Oklahoma: The Biggest Environmental Disaster You’ve Never Heard Of

    PICHER, Okla. (KFSM) — The town of Picher, Oklahoma may be the biggest environmental disaster you’ve never heard of. The town, which is just an hour away from Walmart’s Home Office in Bentonville, Arkansas, has been declared one of the most toxic cities in America, but that’s not stopping a handful of people from trying to keep the memory of the town alive. John Clarke is one of them. He grew up in Picher and like most people who lived […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Aurora Borealis Possible Tonight

    A big solar storm will cause aurora borealis to be visible across much of the northern United States. One a scale of 1-10 this is a 7 and should be widely visible where weather permits. According to the  Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, it might been seen at southern latitides as well. Possibly as far south as Little Rock, Oklahoma City… and yes, Fort Smith & Fayetteville. The developing fog will reduce visibility and the weather is […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Warmer Than Normal Into Mid-November

    It’s hard to believe the end of 2015 is just around the corner! Now that the clocks are set back an hour it’s probably starting to feel more and more like the cool season; although, the weather early this month is forecast to be above normal with temperatures and rainfall. The next big rain-maker for our area hit on Thursday into Friday. Here’s a look at a typical November… In Fayetteville, we typically see our first snowfall in November and […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: 2015 Rainfall is 114% of Normal!

    Rain totals for the year are already over the annual average for the Fort Smith area and just shy of the normal yearly rainfall in Northwest Arkansas. Yearly rainfall for 2015 is 114% of normal for the River Valley and 98% of normal for NW Arkansas. This is already the 13th wettest for Fort Smith since record keeping started in the late 1800s, it’s the 35th wettest in Fayetteville. The rain that fell on Wednesday was concentrated in Northwest Arkansas […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Asteroid Discovered This Month Passes Earth on Halloween

    Well, here’s something you don’t hear everyday… Earlier this month, October 10th, astronomers in Hawaii spotted a previously undiscovered asteroid. It’s been given the official name TB 145 but since it’s going to pass very close to Earth on Halloween it’s been nicknamed “spooky” or even the “Great Pumpkin”. It’s 1/4 of a mile wide and travelling at 79,000 miles per hour. Astronomers refer to it as an NEO or “Near Earth Object”; there are about 5,000 of them around […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Planning Around Halloween Rain

    Another weekend, another rain chance. Like last weekend, this system will also cause another round of heavy, soaking rain with over an inch possible. The weekend system is still several days away but I wanted to share with you the current forecast trend to help you plan as the weekend gets closer. Before we dig into the model precipitation, let’s take a look at what’s causing the rain. Saturday: Rising air in the atmosphere causes rain. Some of the highest […]


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