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
  • Limited Tornado Risk This Evening Continues

    Additional storms have started to develop along and ahead of the advancing dryline in South LeFlore County. These storms (should they continue) will take a north/northeast path eventually into portions of Scott, Sebastian, Logan, & Pope Counties. The tornado watch remains in effect until midnight. -Garrett

  • Weather Update: Severe Risk Shifting East, Highest Severe Chances East of NW Arkansas/Fort Smith Metros

    The latest trends support the severe weather risk missing the majority of our area to east. Currently, it appears the atmosphere has not recovered enough from the morning round of rain to support additional storm development locally in most of our area. Local hi-res data does not redevelop storms in NW Arkansas or the Fort Smith area. A severe risk remain across the River Valley east, including Ozark, Clarksville, & Huntsville thru 7pm. -Garrett

  • New: Tornado Watch Until Midnight

    A new Tornado Watch has been issued for the majority of our area until midnight. While the worst weather is expected across Central Arkansas and Missouri, a limited tornado risk remains for our area this evening. -Garrett

  • Garrett’s Blog: Storm Development

    We are currently watching for storm development. Storms will be in the area thru the evening. Not everyone will see storms but those who do have the potential for large hail and/or isolated tornadoes. This image shows development around 4pm. Notice the cells are isolated and not everyone will see severe weather. Check on-air frequently for the latest information at this situation unfolds. -Garrett

  • Garrett’s Blog: Stormy Wednesday: Worst 3pm-7pm

    Wednesday will be an active day of weather with scattered showers to start the day followed by severe weather later in the day. Early on Wednesday, scattered showers and thunderstorms will arrive from the west. These storms will have a minimal severe weather risk but the lingering clouds and rain could limit instability later in the day. Current indications are that an additional line of showers and thunderstorms will begin to develop around 3pm in Eastern Oklahoma and then track […]

  • Garrett’s Blog: Severe Weather Tuesday Night; Then Wednesday

    Active weather returns with another possibility for severe weather as early as Tuesday eventually resulting in a front passing across the area on Wednesday with the highest risk of severe late day on Wednesday. There should be two rounds with this event: Tuesday Night 11pm into Wednesday AM Storms occurs as a warm front moves across the area Hail will be the main risk Wednesday Night Widespread severe weather; including tornadoes Probably starting late evening and continuing into the overnight. […]

  • Garrett’s Blog: Storms Likely Sunday Night Into Monday Morning

    Thunderstorms have been ongoing across Oklahoma on Sunday evening with a few storms producing tornadoes to our west. A few thunderstorms have developed ahead of the main system and will pose a risk of hail into the evening and overnight. The larger area of storms is moving in from Central Oklahoma and tracking northeast at around 35mph. This would bring thunderstorms into the I49 corridor of Fayetteville and Fort Smith from around 10pm-2am. Storms are expected to continue on and […]

  • Scattered Rain Early Saturday; Better By Sunday

    The strong upper low continues to swirl across the area into Saturday with temperatures falling due to northwest winds. The wrap around cloud cover will keep things cloudy for most of the day Saturday in NW Arkansas with a slow clearing farther south. Highs will be held down into the 60s. 7AM SATURDAY: Low pressure is swirling to the north with scattered showers in the area. Some isolated hail is possible. NOON SATURDAY: Continued cloudy with temperatures in the 50s […]

  • Garrett’s Blog: Timing of Thunderstorms Friday

    Friday’s rain and thunderstorm event will be two-fold: Storms Friday Afternoon Isolated Storms Overnight Friday into Saturday Mid-Morning 11AM FRIDAY: A line of thunderstorms will be taking shape across Eastern Oklahoma and eventually move into Arkansas sometime around Noon. 2PM FRIDAY: The line of thunderstorms will be moving across our area. There will likely be a few storms that are strong to severe. 4PM FRIDAY: Storms will be underway and advancing to the east. 6PM FRIDAY: The line of storms […]

  • Garrett’s Blog: Expect Storms Friday Evening

    A line of showers and thunderstorms will move into the area late Friday afternoon into Friday Evening. Instability is lacking with plenty of shear available for storms. This scenario tends to produce a line of strong to severe storms with a wind damage potential rather than isolated cells with a tornado potential. Rainfall totals will be heavier with this line of storms and will likely be in the neighborhood of 1″. There could be some wrap around moisture on the […]

  • Garrett’s Blog: Multiple Rounds of Severe Weather Coming

    The upper level pattern looks very cranky over the next week with several chances for severe weather. There are three episodes that stand out as days with higher potential than others. Friday Evening Sunday Late-Night Wednesday The first low arrives on Friday evening and while instability is stronger in Texas there is a chance for strong to severe thunderstorms locally due to the amount of wind shear present. I would suspect a fairly robust line of severe storms with a […]

  • Garrett’s Blog: Warmest Start To Spring In Over A Decade

    Spring is off to a very warm start with highs the warmest in at least 10 years. The last time Spring started even close to this warm was in 2011 when Fayetteville set a daily (now broken) record high of 79º. In that year, Fort Smith was 86º. The latest forecast from the Climate Prediction Center shows a high likelihood of warmer than normal temperatures thru mid-March. The coolest start to Spring in the last 10-years was in 2013 when […]