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
  • NEW: Flash Flood Watch For Entire Area

    A Flash Flood Watch has been issued for our entire area through this evening (May 29). Rain totals could exceed 3″ in many locations. **Backwater flooding from the Arkansas River has filled most relief and runoff points in cities that surround the Arkansas River. Flash Flooding will be rapid onset and start almost immediately after the rain falls. Water will become standing and will take a while to drain into the soil due to a high water table and backwater […]

  • Will The Van Buren Levee Hold? Here’s What We Know.

    Historic flooding continues along the Arkansas River with heights not seen since 1945. Levees located in Fort Smith and Van Buren were built after the 1945 flood to minimize the extent of the flooding to save property and lives. Both levees will be tested to their design limits this week. Here’s what we know about the Van Buren Levee System Construction started in 1947 and was completed in 1949. It was funded in part by the Flood Control Act of […]

  • An Isolated Storm Tonight, Mostly Sunny Sunday

    A complex of showers and storms is pushing through Oklahoma and will arrive at the Arkansas state line after midnight. As it approaches, these storms will lose a lot of steam, mainly ending up as a few showers with an occasional rumble of thunder overnight. Futurecast 1AM Futurecast 3AM Other than a stray shower, expect mostly sunny conditions throughout Memorial Day Weekend. Many rounds of strong thunderstorms will sweep through west of us in Oklahoma, Kansas, and Texas, but the […]

  • Top 10 Arkansas River Floods

    Historic Crests (1) 38.10 ft on 04/16/1945 (2) 38.00 ft on 05/12/1943 (3) 37.30 ft on 11/03/1941 (4) 36.70 ft on 04/16/1927 (5) 36.10 ft on 05/05/1990 (6) 35.97 ft on 05/28/1957 (7) 35.70 ft on 11/02/1941 (8) 34.75 ft on 10/09/1986 (9) 34.63 ft on 12/30/2015 (10) 34.30 ft on 06/19/1935 Current LIVE Status of the Arkansas River:

  • What Is A 500-Year Flood?

    Three 100-year floods in five years? How can that happen? What is a 500-year flood? “100-year” and “500-year” is really misleading and not the best way to communicate the risk. It doesn’t mean it’ll happen “once in 100 years” or once in 500 years”. For a 100-year flood it means there’s a 1% chance it could happen EVERY year. For a 500-year flood it means there’s a 0.2% chance it could happen EVERY year. While the statistics aren’t high… they’re […]

  • NWS Flood Warnings Bulletins & Links

    I wanted to pass along some highlights from the Flood Warning bulletins I’m getting from the National Weather Service. Additionally… here are all the LIVE links to check them as new ones are issued. Key takeaways: Catastrophic flooding around the Arkansas River in Fort Smith Residences 2/3rd mile away from Lee Creek Flooded Lower Hartman Bottom Levee at Critical Stage Dardanelle Levee could be breached overtop. Links: Fort Smith/Van Buren/LeeCreek –  Ozark – Dardanelle -Garrett  

  • New Crest Forecast On Arkansas River Early Friday 40.50ft

    *The Arkansas River has passed the all-time highest river level of 38.1ft set in May of 1945. The river reached a crest of just under 40.26 feet Wednesday morning but will crest again around midnight late Thursday into Friday at 40.5ft according to new NWS projections.  This total includes rainfall expected in the next 18 hours*  Forecast level information is subject to change up or down depending on the flow from upstream. New information will be published as soon as […]

  • Arkansas River Continues To Climb

    Record flooding in NE Oklahoma around Tulsa continues to drain into the Arkansas River Basin and will flow downstream affecting our area. Major Flood Stage is forecast to occur on the Arkansas River. The Arkansas River at Van Buren is currently 38.06ft . The river is forecast to be 41FT by Tuesday afternoon. The flood stage is due to a large water release in the Tulsa District according to the Corps of Engineers. More information will become available as the  […]

  • Thunderstorms Gradually Ending

    The large area of showers and thunderstorms continues to track east across Arkansas with a gradual end in the rain and thunderstorms from the west to the east. Lingering areas of precipitation as well as occasional lightning strikes will be possible until the storms have moved well west of our area. A few thunderstorms will be possible on Wednesday across SE Kansas and NE Oklahoma. We’ll be watching to see if these storms can make it into our area; most […]

  • NEW: Tornado Watch Until 1AM

    The Storm Prediction Center has issued a Tornado Watch until 1am. Any thunderstorms that develop in the warm, moist environment will have the potential to become severe with large hail, damaging winds, and tornadoes possible.

  • Severe Weather Timeline For Tonight and Tuesday

    An unusually high risk for strong to severe storms with large tornadoes continues across the southern plains on Monday. Regionally, a tornado outbreak is expected in Oklahoma and Texas. Locally, storms that move from Oklahoma into Arkansas will have a high risk of producing strong tornadoes. Timeline: 4pm-9pm area-wide Monday. Another line of strong to severe thunderstorms with a tornado threat will form on Tuesday and work across the area around late morning or early afternoon. The severe threat is […]

  • Saturday’s Storms

    Expect strong to severe thunderstorms on Saturday. There will be at least two rounds of thunderstorms. The first round will affect us in the Noon-4pm time-frame while the second round is trending more towards overnight in the 10pm-4am time-frame. 1PM SATURDAY: Thunderstorms in Oklahoma will begin making their way into Arkansas. The strongest storms will be on the leading edge of the line. Any storms that develop ahead of the line will have a higher tornado risk. 5PM SATURDAY: We […]

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