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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: Strong Tornadoes Possible Sunday

    The Storm Prediction Center has upgraded all of our area to a “Moderate Risk” which indicates the likelihood of several severe thunderstorms and an outbreak of Severe Weather on Sunday night. There are two chances to see storms. The 1st chance on Sunday morning looks to feature mostly thunderstorms with only a few strong ones. The 2nd chance for storms will be the strongest on Sunday afternoon and evening. The storms should begin to develop around 4pm with rotating storms […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Severe Weather Risk Increasing

    The Spring severe weather season has been off to a slow start with the safest start to tornado season in 100 years. Thankfully, no fatalities have been reported and the overall risk from tornadoes has been confined to isolated areas or brief spinups. The weather pattern over the weekend will take on a more classic spring pattern that favors severe weather and rotating thunderstorms as well as tornadoes. This will especially be true in Oklahoma before the threat advances east […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Easter Weekend Forecast

    Overall, Easter Weekend is looking very nice. Saturday will be rainfree and warm with Sunday only a few passing clouds and a small chance for rain late in the day into Sunday. Morning services at sunrise which is around 6:40am should be clear from rain and temperatures will be near 50º. Here’s how it plays out hour-by-hour… Saturday at 6am, we’ll see clear skies and a perfect morning! Could be a bit chilly with lows in the 40s. By Noon […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Rain On Easter?

    Easter is still around 4 days away but we’re tracking a disturbance moving into the area which could bring some rain on Easter Sunday or Monday. Model skill decreases with time but here’s what the current situation looks like if you’re planning outdoor church services or an Easter Egg hunt with the kids. This image is Easter Morning at 7am. We should be overcast but it looks like the majority of the rain will be to the west. Right now, […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Lunar Eclipse Tonight

    Tonight’s lunar eclipse will be visible across Arkansas starting around 1am thru 3am with total eclipse around 2:07am – 3:25am on the morning of Tuesday April 15th, 2014. The Earth is basically passing between the Moon and the Sun and although most of the light is blocked out, some light will make it to the moon (much like a sunset) which is why it will take on a ‘blood’ color. You don’t need a telescope or binoculars and it’s safe to […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Squall Line Tornadoes

    Many questions have been asked about why there was no Tornado Warning or warning sirens before the tornado hit Benton County. The answer is far more complex than you might imagine. In this blog post, I’ll try to explain the reasoning of the decision makers and the evolution of the storms that occurred on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. Supercell Tornadoes vs Squall Line Tornadoes There is a fundamental difference in the structure of the storm that affected Benton County last […]

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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. […]

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