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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.

Recent Articles
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    Winter Weather Advisory Sunday

    Light freezing rain will develop will move into the area on Sunday morning with the possibility for very light icing. We’ll see minor accumulation on bridges on overpass before everything changes back over to all rain sometime after 9am. This is Futurecast for Sunday at 6am. Notice that more precipitation is expected in the River Valley than in Northwest Arkansas. Temperatures will be borderline so there may be a mix of a cold rain and freezing rain and it will […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Weekend Ice Possible

    There will be two brief windows of freezing temperatures to allow for light freezing rain this weekend. This could affect travel, particularly on Sunday morning with somewhat of a lower chance on Monday morning. Southwest winds will return above us this weekend from about 900 to 5,200ft. In that layer, temperatures will get as warm as 45º. Closer to the surface, temperatures will be from 29-31º. This is borderline for ice accumulation, but cold enough that any liquid (no matter […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: New Year’s Eve Forecast

    Expect a cold New Year’s Eve tonight with temperatures below freezing across much of the area. We’ll see cloudy skies and blustery winds which will make it very chilly for those of you outside kicking off 2015. In Northwest Arkansas: Midnight Temperatures will be near 24º In the Greater Fort Smith Area: Midnight Temperatures will be near 28º An important note, if you’re going to be on the roads tomorrow morning from 6am-Noon there is a chance that rain could […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Light Freezing Drizzle Monday Morning

    After breaking record highs on Sunday afternoon, a strong cold front will move across the entire area overnight with light rain or drizzle possible. Temperatures in Fayetteville, Bentonville, & all Northwest Arkansas will be near or below freezing. The recent warmth should limit ice accumulations on roads, but bridges and overpasses are expected to be slick and hazardous early in the day. Farther south, in the Fort Smith area, temperatures will be above freezing and travel impacts not anticipated. At […]

  • Adventure Arkansas: Underground Eureka Springs

    This week on Adventure Arkansas, Meteorologist Melissa Hall takes a look at the hidden tunnels below Eureka Springs. Once a popular route for gangsters and outlaws, the tunnels are now an interesting perspective on a time now past. The tunnels, which once connected many points in the town (including the mayor’s office), are now a great tour to go on regardless of your age. The tunnels not only are a great new way to see a historical city but also […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: UPDATE: Timeline of Today’s Snowfall

    Snow continues to make it’s way across much of the area. The polar front continues to advance to the southeast and will quickly turn any liquid on the ground to ice. Around 1-2″ of snow is expected for most of the area with locally higher amounts. You can see how the snow has develop farther south in Oklahoma. The first wave was along the front and included a mix of sleet and snow. The second wave will be all snow […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Planning For Weekend Winter Weather

    Two fast moving systems will bring the chance for wintry weather to our area on both Saturday and Sunday. The first system will feature the potential for sleet, freezing rain, & snow while the 2nd system will feature a better possibility for snow. Both have limited moisture and accumulation is expected to be light; however, given the cold airmass, roads (especially bridges and overpasses) are expected to become slick and hazardous at times. The first system: Clouds will be increasing on […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Taste of Winter This Week

    An Arctic cold front will move into the area tonight into Wednesday bringing some of the coldest air of the season for the rest of the week and the weekend. Instead of a short-lived cold snap it appears this episode of cold air will last at least at least two weeks, perhaps longer. The normal monthly temperature for November is around 58º or 60º. Highs this week will sink in the 30s with overnight lows in the 20s. Temperatures will […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: The Politics of Rain on Election Day

    Widespread rain is forecast across most of the mid-south on Election Day next week. Rain has been touted in media outlets to factor in voter turnout with many saying that it favors the republican party. However, a closer look at the recent research shows that a rainy Election Day may not be as important as you think and many of the results are mixed. Here’s a look at the precipitation estimates for Monday night – Wednesday. Heavy rain is expected […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Halloween Forecast

    A strong cold front will make for a chilly Friday for both kids and adults on Halloween. Whether you’re trick-or-treating with the family or going to a grown up Halloween party on Friday night, it will be one of the coldest night’s we’ve seen in months. The first freeze of the season is expected just a few hours later with the coldest temperatures on Saturday morning. Here’s a look at the temperatures during the day. After school, at 4pm, expect […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: EF1 Tornado Near Spiro

    The line of thunderstorms that moved through our area on Sunday night (October 6th) produced a brief tornado that lasted 1 minute and was located 5 miles northwest of Spiro. The tornado was estimated to have winds of 85-90mph and damaged a chicken house and several trees. No tornado warning was in effect at the time of the tornado, but a severe thunderstorm warning was in effect. Earlier today, I spoke with Steve Piltz at the National Weather Service who said […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Tropical System Odile Remnants To Move Into Arkansas

    The last Category 3 storm to hit the Baja of California was 1989’s Hurricane Kiko with winds of 120mph. It was one of the strongest storms since record keeping began in the area around the 1950s. Hurricane Odile made landfall with winds of 125mph also making it a Category 3 according to the National Hurricane Center. Image shows Hurricane Kiki’s 1989 track. Image show Hurricane Odile from NASA/Terra MODIS Satellite near landfall. So what effect will this have on weather […]


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