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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
  • 5NEWS Weather: The Next Heavy Rain Chance

    It’s been a while since we’ve seen a heavy rain locally. The last time we picked up over 1″ of rain was in the middle of August. The upper level pattern will bring us a strong front sometime on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week. It doesn’t appear the cold front will bring us significantly cooler temperatures because the jet stream winds stop just short of making it into our area. The front will cause showers and storms due to […]

  • 5NEWS Weather: Warm Weather Coming

    The trend will continue to be above normal for the next several days. Notice how the temperatures in the morning also start to increase. This is an indication that humidity is increasing along with the temperatures. Heat index values will likely be in the mid to upper 90s heading into the weekend with slightly lower temperatures with rain chances towards the middle of next week. -Garrett

  • 5NEWS Weather: Irma From Start To Finish

    The National Hurricane Center started issuing advisories on Hurricane Irma on August 30th; the wave first appeared off Africa August 27th. Phillip Klotzbach Ph.D. a Hurricane Specialist/Research Scientist compiled a list of all the Meteorological Records/Notable Facts from Irma. Twitter: @phillipklotzbach ***Intensity/Day Measures*** 185 mph lifetime max winds – tied with Florida Keys (1935), Gilbert (1988) and Wilma (2005) for second strongest max winds of all time in Atlantic hurricane. Allen had max winds of 190 mph in 1980 185 […]

  • Those Empty Bays

    This side-by-side from our CNN affiliate in Tampa shows the drained bay on the left with the filled bay on the right. How did this happen? Hurricanes spin counter-clockwise so while the storm surge brings unusually high water levels to inlets and bays the reverse is true with winds moving into the opposite direction. Those winds will pull water out of shallow areas and push it out to sea. Often times, the water surges back into the inlets after receding […]

  • 5NEWS Weather: New Burn Ban Issues; Drought Monitor

    The first burn ban in the state has been issued for Carroll County due to the lack of recent rainfall. As of Monday afternoon, it’s the only county in the state under a burn ban. A quick check of the Drought Monitor shows dry conditions to the north but near normal conditions locally. Our area remains near or above normal with year-to-date rainfall; mostly because of the heavy rain we experienced in the Spring and Early Summer. The reason for […]

  • Garrett’s Blog: Irma Remnants Bring Clouds

    While Irma’s remnants continue to flood parts of Florida, we’ll see only minor affects locally. On Tuesday and Wednesday, Irma will swirls across Tennessee with wrap around cloud cover and a few showers attempting to advance into Arkansas. The northwest side of the low pressure is notoriously dry so any rain amounts should be minimal in the northeast to southwest flow. Long-term, a warming trend will continue into the weekend with highs climbing back to around 90º. There may be […]

  • Irma Crashes Into Florida; Landfall at Cudjoe Key, FL

    UPDATE: Hurricane Irma has made landfall at Cudjoe Key, Florida at 8:19am Sunday morning.   Hurricane Irma has restrengthened to a Category 4 Hurricane with winds over 130mph. The latest track of Irma will take the major hurricane across the west coast of Florida with devastating storm surge from Fort Myers to Tampa. Irma will be in Florida for the next 24-hours with the panhandle seeing the effects of the storms into Monday afternoon and evening. -Garrett

  • Garrett’s Blog: The Boomerang Hurricane Jose

    While all eyes are focused on Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Jose is also looming to the west and could still threaten the United States later this week. The path of Jose is interesting with a large loop taking place over the Atlantic before making another run at the United States towards the middle of end of next week. The data is all over the place but currently it does look like Jose will once again make another push towards the East […]

  • Meteorologists Garrett Lewis & Matt Standridge Track Hurricane Irma

  • Weather Blog: What’s Steering Hurricane Irma?

    The brown/gold color on the Water Vapor image shows the shortwave disturbance that’s blocking Hurricane Irma from moving into the Gulf of Mexico. The storm will pick up speed because of this shortwave and also cause it to weaken in terms of wind speed. The storm has been caught between two ridges of high pressure. The ridge to the east has been more dominate which has pushed Irma farther west than originally forecast. This track will push Irma into the […]

  • Irma Track Shifting West

    The latest track of Hurricane Irma has again shifted more to the west. This is likely due to frictional interaction over Cuba as the storm made a brief landfall late Friday night. Once the storm reemerges, it’ll take aim on Florida with a landfall likely late Saturday into Sunday. The latest track is significantly more westward with places like Fort Myers instead of Miami taking the worst of the storm. The orientation of the bays and inlets relative to the […]

  • Garrett’s Blog: Westward Irma Shift; Latest Track

    Irma’s track continues to shift to the west as it makes the slow turn to the north on Saturday. The current track places the greatest risk area on the west side of Florida from Fort Myers to Tampa. All model data has now shifted to the west with very little spread in the short-term. This track, along with the orientation of inlets like Charlotte Harbor or Tampa Bay will cause storm surge to affect a larger population as the storm […]