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: Saturday’s Weather, Overcast, Frequent Light Rain

    Overcast weather is expected all weekend with a gradual increase in showers during the days. After a morning with a few scattered areas of rain, a steadier rain is likely from Noon into the evening. 8AM SATURDAY: Rain continues to move in from the south as the next system approaches from Texas. NOON SATURDAY: Rain chances will be solid from Noon into the evening with higher rain totals south of I40 and lesser amounts to the north. 6PM SATURDAY: By […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Weekend Rain; Next Major Cold Blast

    There are two big weather stories heading into the next week. A chilly, overcast weekend with occasional light rain A major Arctic cold front next Thursday This Weekend: An area of low pressure will cause overcast skies all weekend with chilly temperatures in the mid to upper 40s with rain possible. The highest rain totals will be to the south of our area. Saturday Rain: Best chance afternoon/evening. Heaviest from Mena and south. Less than 1″ for NW Arkansas & […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Tuesday’s Rain Chances

    A cold front will move into the area on Tuesday with showers and thunderstorms possible. The best chance for rain will be in the evening and after dark; this is also the best chance for some of the stronger storms to develop. Rain will clear the area overnight with a very slow clearing on Wednesday, some clouds may stick around for much of the day in NW Arkansas. The highest rain totals will be in SW Arkansas with lesser amounts […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Freeze Watch; Rain Friday

    A strong cold front will put an end to the warm weather on Friday morning with falling temperatures during the day. Rain will be possible early in the day Friday but totals will likely not be more than 1/2″ of rain. With clearing skies and cold north winds, temperatures will fall into the 20s and low 30s for Saturday & Sunday morning. This is a look at forecast temperatures on Saturday morning which shows widespread 20s and low 30s across […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Fire Danger High Thursday

    Burn Bans have been issued for most of the River Valley and the fire danger will be high area-wide with breezy south winds and low humidity. Record high temperatures are likely again on Thursday. The record in Fayetteville is 77º set in 1958 and 82º for Fort Smith set back in 2013. Washington County is under a Red Flag Warning but as of Wednesday evening burning has not been banned in any of the Northwest Arkansas counties. Forecast highs will […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Record Highs Possible Wednesday

    Record high temperatures will be possible on Wednesday with temperatures climbing into the 70s and low 80s. If we break records, it’ll likely be around 3-4pm. In NW Arkansas, look for the warmest temperatures in the late afternoon. In the Fort Smith and River Valley, expect temperatures to climb to the low 80s in the afternoon. -Garrett

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    Garrett’s Blog: Low Tornado Count in 2016

    Both in Arkansas and across the country the tornado count is lower than average as we head towards the end of 2016. In the United States, this year ranks below the average of 1,402 but nowhere near the record year of 2011. In Arkansas, we average around 33 tornadoes; this year we’ve had 24. This week, a cold front will arrive on Friday morning with a chance for showers and thunderstorms. Rainfall totals will be light as this system quickly […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: We Need Rain; Winter Outlook is Dry

    It’s been a dry year. In NW Arkansas we’re -10.84 below normal; in the Fort Smith area, we’re -12.27 below normal. That’s 28% less than we normally see this time of year and it doesn’t look like any big rain events will affect us in the coming days. The best chance for rain this week will be on Friday with a fast moving cold front. This is a look at the areas of rain arriving early in the day on […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: “Super Moon Still Bright”

    While the peak of the Super Moon occurred at 5:23am Monday, the moon will still be big and bright in the sky this evening. The reason the moon looks bigger and brighter is because it’s closer to Earth than normal. The moon will rise at 5:48pm Monday night in Fort Smith and 5:46pm in Fayetteville.    

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    Garrett’s Blog: Warm, Dry November Expected

    The latest outlook from the Climate Prediction Center follows the trend of recent weather with warmer and drier conditions expected into the next month. The highest likelihood of warm weather is expected across the Rockies into Central Plains; including Arkansas and Oklahoma. Drier than normal weather is also expected across the South and Southern Plains; including our area. In NW Arkansas normal temperatures start the month around 65º and by the end of the month around 52º. In Fort Smith, […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Timing. A Few Severe Storms This Evening

    The end to the unseasonable warmth arrives this evening with a strong cold front pushing into the area from the northwest. There will be a narrow time-frame for severe thunderstorms ahead of the cold front. The cold front will eventually undercut the updrafts for the storms ending the severe weather risk this evening. The timing for severe storms appears to be from 5pm-11pm; the storms from 7pm-9pm might be the strongest before weakening. The risk area includes NW Arkansas and […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Chilly! Rain, Then Near 90º Soon. Then Another Cold Front.

    It’s been a chilly, raw day across the area with temperatures hovering in the 50s and 60s with overcast skies. The lowest cloud deck is around 900ft above the surface in NW Arkansas and around 1300ft above the surface in Fort Smith. The result is one of those overcast days where it looks like it could rain at any minute. Rain chances pick back up this evening into tomorrow morning. You can see the drop off over the last 24 hours […]