Matt joined the 5NEWS team in September 2017. He moved to the River Valley from North Dakota where he interned as a radar meteorologist/forecaster for an aviation government project. Prior to the project, he was a broadcast meteorologist for ABC affiliated station WBND in South Bend, IN.

Matt graduated summa cum laude from Valparaiso University with a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology, along with a minor in Digital Media. While in school, he was a part of VUSIT (Valparaiso University Storm Intercept Team), AMS/NWA NW Indiana Chapter, and Chi Epsilon Pi (Meteorological Honor Society). Some highlights of his undergraduate career include studying abroad in Cambridge, England his sophomore year, interning with 5NEWS and Adventure Arkansas during the Summer of 2016, and receiving the 2016-2017 National Weather Association Broadcast Scholarship Award his senior year.

Matt grew up all over the states including Oklahoma, Kansas, New York, and Indiana. Much of his family lives in the River Valley and he is excited to spend time with them and be their local meteorologist.

When he is not storm chasing or staring at the clouds, Matt enjoys aviation, traveling, and exercising. He loves exploring new places and spending time with his family on the homestead drinking sweet iced tea.

Matt is the 5NEWS Weekend Morning Meteorologist and host of Adventure Arkansas. If you have weather questions or an adventure idea, email him at Follow him on Facebook and Twitter: Meteorologist Matt Standridge and @5NEWSMatt.

Recent Articles
  • When Will It Rain This Weekend?

    The next storm system is set to arrive early Saturday morning and last for the entire weekend. Sprinkles will arrive near sunrise on Saturday but the bulk of the rain will hold off until later.  The best chance of steady rain will be from 3PM Saturday to 6AM Sunday. Futurecast shows the center of circulation will stay just towards our south, eliminating storm chances and just giving us a decent amount of rainfall. A inch of rain could be possible, […]

  • One More Sunny Day Before A Rainy Weekend

    More sunshine is on the way for Friday! Temperatures should top out in the mid 60s. A few clouds will arrive in the evening as the next storm system arrives for the weekend. Expect steady rain showers Saturday afternoon and overnight into Sunday morning. As your heading out the door on Friday, temperatures will be in the 30s and 40s. There may be a few sprinkles Saturday morning, but the heavy rain arrives Saturday afternoon. -Matt

  • Below-Average Number Of Arkansas Tornadoes For 2018

    So far (as of April 15, 2018) the state of Arkansas has had 14 confirmed tornadoes. This is below average. Usually by mid-April, we should be in the 20s. On April 13th alone, and in our neck of the woods, we had three confirmed tornadoes. The strongest was in Crawford County that tracked through Mountainburg. -Matt

  • EF-1 Tornado Confirmed In Lavaca

    The National Weather Service confirmed an EF-1 tornado touched down in the Lavaca area, east of Beverly, on Friday, April 13, 2018. Peak Winds:  85 to 95 MPH Length:  5.6 Miles Max Width:  400 yards START  |  5:46PM  —  4.3 miles E of Lavaca, AR (35.3300, -94.1006) END  |  5:54PM  —  6 miles SW of Cecil, AR (35.3986, -94.0341) -Matt

  • Another Freeze Sunday Night

    Everyone is under a freeze warning Sunday night and Monday morning.  These will last until 9AM. Northwest Arkansas’ overnight temperatures: River Valley’s overnight temperatures: -Matt

  • April May Finish Cooler And Wetter Than Normal

    The Climate Prediction Center is forecasting a colder and wetter than normal end to the month of April. Temperature Outlook: Precipitation Outlook: Q:  How would this affect our severe weather season? A:  Wetter-than-normal conditions would suggest more system may pass through our region, which will all have the potential for some storms. However, if temperatures remain colder than normal across Oklahoma and Arkansas, the worst of the severe weather may be pushed a bit further south and east. But if […]

  • EF-1 Tornado Confirmed In Johnson County

    The National Weather Service has completed another storm survey and found that an EF-1 tornado touched down in Johnson County near Ozone. Peak Winds:  105 MPH Length:  5.0 miles Maximum Path Width:  250 yards START  |  6:49PM  —  2 miles NW of Ozone, AR (35.6662, -93.4634) END  |  6:52PM  —  1.4 miles E of Salus (35.7114, -93.3998) Damage:  Numerous trees in the Ozark National Forest were snapped or uprooted, and a power pole was snapped.

  • Mountainburg Survey Complete: See The Tornado’s Path

    The National Weather Service has completed it’s storm survey and located the beginning and end of the EF-2 tornado that devastated parts of Crawford County, including Mountainburg. Peak Winds:  110 – 120 MPH Length:  11.7 miles Maximum Path Width:  1000 yards (0.56 miles) START  |  4:04PM  —  1.5 miles NNE of Rudy, AR (35.5490, -94.2621) END  |  4:19PM  —  3.1 miles ESE of Chester, AR (35.6730, -94.1222) Damage:  Several trees were snapped and uprooted as it crossed Frog Bayou. Homes  […]

  • NWS Confirms EF-2 Tornado In Mountainburg

    The assessment has been finished by the National Weather.  It was rated an EF-2.  More information about size, length, and damage seen will be released soon. Federal government storm survey crews are heading to Lavaca to inspect damage. -5NEWS Weather Team    

  • Freeze Warning Saturday Night

    A Freeze Warning (purple) has been issued for all of Northwest Arkansas and for folks north of the Arkansas River. Temperatures will flirt around the freezing mark Sunday morning.  A Freeze watch (light blue) has been issued mostly south of the Arkansas River. Counties include:  Benton, Carroll, Washington, Madison, Crawford, Franklin, Johnson, and Sequoyah (OK) counties. A Freeze Watch is still in effect for Scott, Logan, and LeFlore (OK) counties. -Matt  

  • Breezy And Chilly Saturday

    Breezy west-northwest winds will keep temperatures cool and below average throughout the entire weekend. Expect a mix of sun and clouds, with a few more clouds favored for Northwest Arkansas, especially Saturday evening.

  • Rainfall Totals From Friday’s Storms

    A lot of rain fell from severe storms, especially south and east of the greater Fort Smith area. Official rainfall reports were under two inches, but many folks in the River Valley, and towards central Arkansas, totals were over two to three inches. The heaviest swath of rain stretched from Scott, Logan, Franklin, and Johnson counties. -Matt