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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
  • VIDEO: Winter Storm Update

    A Winter Storm Warning continues for the entire area with accumulations of freezing rain, sleet, & snow expected Sunday night into Monday.

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    Garrett’s Blog: Winter Storm Arriving; Updated Accumulation

    **The entire area has been upgraded to a WINTER STORM WARNING from 6pm Sunday until Noon Monday** Rain is already moving in this evening and it’s expected to change over into sleet and freezing rain and eventually snow late tonight. Road conditions should start to deteriorate after 8pm in Northwest Arkansas and after 11pm in the River Valley. Accumulations will vary wildly due to several different precipitation types. The heaviest snow and sleet with fall in Benton County with more […]

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    Winter Storm Warning Now For Entire Area

    **A Winter Storm Warning is now in effect for the entire area** The timing has not changed much; most of the precipitation should start around 6-8pm Sunday and continue until Monday morning at sunrise. Widespread slick and slow roads are expected. School cancellations will be possible Monday morning. Road conditions will improve by Monday afternoon with sunshine and slightly warmer conditions. Rural areas may continue to see slick roads into Tuesday. Here is a look at the most favored areas […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Winter Weather Late Sunday

    A strong cold front will sweep across the area late in the afternoon on Saturday in Northwest Arkansas and then Saturday night in the River Valley. Temperatures on Sunday will be much colder and likely won’t make it out of the 30s across much of the area. The chance for freezing rain, sleet, & snow increases at sunset on Sunday with around 8pm being the most likely onset time. It will continue on and off into Monday morning but will […]

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    2015 Storm Spotter Classes

    The National Weather Service Storm Spotter Training Classes have been underway for 2015 and there are still a few more scheduled for our area before the spring severe weather season arrives. The classes are free and open to the public. No registration is required to attend. A complete list of the locations and dates can be found on the NWS-Tulsa website.  -Garrett

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    Garrett’s Blog: Lower Lake Levels

    In the short time we’ve been in 2015, rainfall levels are trending below normal. Our last heavy rain fell on January 2 & 3rd when Fort Smith picked up 1.15″ and Fayetteville .81″ So far for February, Fort Smith and Fayetteville have received .66″ & .33″ respectively. Normally, end of month totals for February are around 2.76″. Beaver Lake’s current level is lower than usual. At this time last year the lake level was about 6 feet higher; it was lower […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Flurries, Light Snow Tonight

    The cold air continues to move south across the area Wednesday afternoon with another large drop in temperatures expected for the overnight and day on Thursday. Snow will develop behind the front but amounts will be minimal due to limited moisture and quick pace of the system. Northwest Arkansas is most favored to see some light snow less than 1″ Best time frame for snow will be from 7pm to Midnight. The High Resolution Rapid Refresh model depicts snow in […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Winter Weather Wednesday

    A quick-moving system will move into the area after dark on Wednesday into Thursday morning with the chance for some sleet or snow. The bulk of the snow is expected to fall in Missouri with lesser amounts farther south. Right now, snow/sleet totals could be on the order of an inch or so but only for Northwest Arkansas: Bentonville, Fayetteville, Rogers, etc. Model data doesn’t support much snow farther south in Fort Smith but some minimal accumulation is possible around […]

  • Adventure Arkansas: Sequoyah Wildlife Refuge

    On this week’s Adventure Arkansas, Meteorologist Garrett Lewis takes a trip to the Sequoyah Wildlife Refuge in western Sequoyah Co. The wildlife refuge is open yea round and has two 1-mile paved walking trails for recreation. There are also sanctioned game hunts that take place on the land. Bald eagle tours are free and open to the public and start in late January leaving the headquarters at 9am.   Do you have a story idea that would make a perfect Adventure […]

  • Adventure Arkansas: Garvan Gardens in Hot Springs

    In this week’s Adventure Arkansas, Meteorologist Melissa Hall travels to Hot Springs, Arkansas where one of the Natural State’s largest Christmas lights are on display. From toy trans, a candy cane wonderland, & even an abominable snowman, the Gardens have a little something for everyone to get into the Holiday Season.   Do you have a story idea that would make a perfect Adventure Arkansas segment?  We want to hear about it.  Submit your story here, and it could be […]

  • Adventure Arkansas: Training for the Bentonville Half Marathon

    In this week’s Adventure Arkansas, Garrett Lewis & Joe Pennington talk with race director Mike Rush about what it takes to get started running, how the Bentonville Marathon is unique, and how a video run analysis could improve your odds of achieving your goal. More information and registration for the race is available here: http://www.runbentonville.com/ Adventure Arkansas is sponsored by Fayetteville’s Adventure Subaru.   Do you have a story idea that would make a perfect Adventure Arkansas segment?  We want […]

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    Garrett’s Blog: Colder Weather Late-Week

    After 12 straight days of above normal weather the pattern will shift late week with a return to more seasonable temperatures. The last below normal day was on Jan 14th. The average temperature for late January is around the upper 40s to near 50º. Highs this week will surge into the 60s to nearly 70º in response to a strengthening ridge in the middle of the country. A cold front will move into the area late week with highs falling into […]


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