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
  • Tornado Watch for the River Valley This Afternoon

    A Tornado Watch has been issued for Sebastian, Crawford, Franklin, Johnson, Polk, Scott and Logan Counties, AR and Leflore and Sequoyah, OK counties  until 7PM tonight. Hail looks to be the biggest threat as some storms this afternoon could possibly produce hail up to 2″ in diameter. White the tornado risk is low, there is a chance of rotation in some of the storms as this  system moves into Eastern OK and Western AR. The threat should end this evening, […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Planning This Weekend Around Weather

    Rain is in the forecast for this weekend but it will not be a nonstop rain nor will be be a washout. Like the last few days, the rain will arrive in waves and there are two waves that should give us the best chance for rain. 1st Round:  Arrives midday on Saturday with mostly light rain showers. Ending late evening. 2nd Round: Arrives in the afternoon Sunday and will be thunderstorms; some severe is possible but the worst might be […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: How Thursday’s Rain Unfolds

    More rain is expected for Thursday but unlike the last few days we’ll see lesser amounts of rain as the stationary front drifts south. The stationary front is across central Arkansas with the heaviest rain shifting to the southeast across Louisiana and Mississippi. North of the front the rain will be lighter, south of the front the rain will be heavier. Severe weather and flash flooding are not expected. Here’s a look at how the forecast plays out tomorrow… Thursday Morning […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Fog, More Rain Wednesday

    Another day, another chance for showers on Wednesday. Locally dense fog may develop in between rounds of rain and might be most widespread the next few mornings. A dense fog advisory is in effect. Here are the need-to-knows: Very heavy rain Wed morning into early afternoon Low severe risk Flash flooding risk elevated; breaks in the rain have helped drainage This is the upper low causing all of the rain. It’s spinning counter-clockwise across the southeast and we’re seeing disturbances […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: A Washout Tuesday & Wednesday

    Very heavy rain will fall Tuesday and Wednesday as a strong area of low pressure makes it’s way across the southern United States. Rain totals will likely exceed  4-6″ by the time this event wraps up late in the week. There are some indications that isolated spots may pick up as much as 10″ of rain. Flash flooding will be a concern Tuesday night and Wednesday. Expect flash flood watches and warnings to be issued as some point this week. Forecast […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Weekend Forecast

    A great weekend is shaping up with mild temperatures in the 60s and 70s. The most sunshine will be on Saturday with increasing clouds on Sunday. Rain chances will creep back into the forecast on Sunday evening but the best chances for rain will arrive around Tuesday; flash flooding will be possible. Here’s a look at how the next few days will play out… Saturday Morning: Mostly clear skies with cool temperatures Saturday Afternoon: Perfect weather, sunny skies with highs […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Very Wet Next Week

    First things first… the weekend: Saturday we’ll see increasing clouds and moisture returns highs in the 60s to near 70. Sunday will become overcast with rain arriving late in the evening. Most of the weekend looks pretty good. Here’s the set-up for next week. The jet stream take a huge dive to the south with a large slow moving trough of low pressure that will slowly move east across the plains. The result will be rain chances nearly everyday with […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Several Rain Events Coming Up

    More rain is expected in the next week with another 1-3″ or more possible by the end of next week. Here are the next three rain events: Early Thursday The best chance for showers will be along I40 and to the south where the humidity is higher. The majority of the rain will occur between 11pm and 4am A few spotty showers could be in the area mid-morning on Thursday Late Sunday Our area becomes wedged between a strong high […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Storms From 12am to 6am Tuesday

    The chance for severe thunderstorms returns late Monday night and into early Tuesday. The main threat from the severe storms will be hail which could be as large as quarter or golfball size. The risk of tornadoes and wind damage is low. We’ll see two rounds of thunderstorms: The first round will be along the warm front starting in NE Oklahoma around 10 or 11pm and spreading into NW Arkansas around midnight. Hail is the primary risk. The storms will […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Update On Tuesday’s Rain & Snow

    Rain will continue across the area until around 2 or 3am. Cold air is also spilling into the back side of the low pressure and changing some of the rain over to sleet and snow. The best chance for snow in NW Arkansas will be from 10pm to 12am with the back edge of the system. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for many counties with higher terrain. Snow and sleet have already been reported above 2,000ft in the […]

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    Franklin, Madison, & Carroll Counties Added to Winter Weather Advisory

    A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for the higher terrain of the Ozarks in Franklin, Madison, & Carroll Co UNTIL 8am Wednesday. The highest accumulations of snow will occur across the highest elevations instead of the valleys. Anywhere from 1-3″ of wet snow is possible. Minimal amounts of snow remain possible in NW Arkansas but surface temperatures in the mid 30s with soil temperatures in the 40s should limit any accumulation on road surfaces.


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