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: The Next Widespread Rain

    Hot and humid summer-like weather will continue for the next several days with daily rain chances returning to the area by the early part of next week. Heat Index values have climbed into the mid and upper 90s and southern winds nudge temperatures and humidity higher across most of the area. This is the upper level pattern for today (Thursday). A large ridge of high pressure is anchor across the southern plains with most of the major storm systems being […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: 2016 Rainfall Below Normal

    Despite what seems like several weeks of rain, the official rainfall totals are actually below normal and below last year’s totals. The rainfall deficit is due mainly to unusually low rainfall early this year in January, February, & March with each month over 1″ below the normals. At this point last year, totals were nearly double the amounts we’ve seen in 2016 with over 33″ of rain by the start of June. This week, a ridge of high pressure will […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Memorial Day Weekend

    The atmosphere remains unchanged with abundant humidity and very little cap aloft to prevent storms. As a result, rain chance will continue into the weekend and into next week. Over the weekend, rain will be most likely in the late afternoon and early evening with daytime heating being the primary cause. Not everyone will see rainfall but those who do will experience very heavy rain for short time. The risk of severe weather is minimal but damaging winds would be […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Heavy Rain Moving into NW Arkansas

    Heavy rain will be moving across NW Arkansas for the late Afternoon and early evening hours. The high humidity will cause torrential rainfall, a few storms could be severe although the greater risk for tornadoes is across Oklahoma and Kansas this afternoon. Damaging winds are the main threat with storms in NW Arkansas and the Fort Smith area. Showers are more spotty across the River Valley but the coverage of the rain is expected to increase this afternoon with daytime […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Severe Watch Until Midnight

    A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for SE Oklahoma for a cluster of storms that are dropping southeast along a boundary located across the area. The storms are expected to continue in intensity for several hours after sunset before fading. The watch goes until midnight and currently doesn’t include any Arkansas counties. The storms should ride this boundary to just west of Sequoyah County. -Garrett

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    Garrett’s Blog: Rain For Drive Home in NW Arkansas

    Expect rain for the drive home in NW Arkansas on Monday evening the risk of severe weather is low but expect locally heavy rainfall and a few pockets of small hail or brief gusty winds. Here’s what’s causing these storms: Each evening storms develop in Western Oklahoma By the next morning the complex weakens in our area With daytime heating the complex once again develops storms (usually on the northern side of the decaying complex) As a result rain chances […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Light Rain Is Arriving

    Scattered light rain showers are arriving from the southwest and will continue into the evening. There will be some breaks in the rain, it won’t be nonstop nor will it be severe but it will affect many graduations and outdoor events scheduled outside for Thursday evening. Rain totals will be light and less than 1/2 of an inch. This is the reason behind the rain this evening; a trough of low pressure is moving in from central Oklahoma which is […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Scattered Rain Thursday

    A few spotty showers have been roaming around Wednesday afternoon but the majority of the area has been dry with overcast skies and cooler than normal temperatures. The next system is set to affect the area on Thursday with rain moving in from the southwest. No severe weather Rain totals 1/2 inch or less Heaviest rain falls during the second half of the day Here’s a look at the timing: 7AM THURSDAY: Expect cloudy skies with the bulk of the […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Weekend Rain Chances

    We’ll have a break in the active pattern before more rain moves in soon. Here are the main takeaways: Rain late Friday night around midnight (not severe) Few showers Saturday evening (not severe) Cold rain Sunday afternoon (not severe) Heavy rain along a warm front Monday. Severe. Hail primary threat. Thunderstorms Monday evening into Tuesday. Severe. Hail, Wind, Tornadoes all a threat. Flash Flooding could be an issue next week. In the short-term, it’ll be cool (almost chilly) on Friday […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Storms Tonight; Some Strong

    Compared to the last severe weather setup this one has a lower potential for large tornadoes but it’s likely that a few storms will be on the strong to severe side as they arrive later this evening. The storms are developing along a cold front that will be slowly sagging south across the area overnight. The time for severe storms is 9pm-2am.  As the night wears on the threat of severe weather will slowly diminish. The main threat is wind […]

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    Weather Update

    Storms are currently in the area but the strongest storms will still likely arrive late this evening and target location from Fort Smith and south.  

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    ‘Weather Alert Day’ Declared For Monday

    5NEWS Meteorologists have declared Monday, May 9th as a Weather Alert Day for NW Arkansas and the River Valley. Weather Alert Days are used to emphasize a higher than normal risk of severe weather including damaging wind and tornadoes that affects a large portion of the viewing area. The latest data indicates the potential for a broken line of supercell storms in Eastern Oklahoma moving into NW and West Central Arkansas in the late afternoon and early evening hours. Supercell […]