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
  • There’s a Chill in the Air Today

    Did you experience the cold this morning? We woke up with temperatures near 40 degrees colder than yesterday morning! This cold front swept through most of the country!  These were the morning temperatures across the nation.  It will be a chilly Sunday pretty much wherever you head today. Today’s forecast calls for a chill in the air, but at least we will have plenty of sunshine in both NW Arkansas and the River Valley. Here is an early look at […]

  • Blustery Saturday

    Hold on today! It will be a windy Saturday.  Wind Advisories (shaded in brown) are in affect until 5PM this afternoon because wind gusts could top 40 MPH at times, especially in NW Arkansas.  There will be a SLIGHT chance for a stray shower as a cold front pushes through. Winds will shift from the south to the northwest in the late morning hours.  Sustained winds will be well into the 20-30MPH range. Temperatures will drop all day long.  It […]

  • First Look At The Hogs Game

    With some of the latest data, it looks like the final cold front for the week should clear us out by the Razorbacks game.  There may be some lingering clouds for the game, but more and more sunshine will arrive by Saturday afternoon. The Hogs game against Mississippi State kicks off at 11AM.  Temperatures will be in the 40s during tailgating and 50s by game time.  A north wind above 10MPH will also make it feel even chillier!   -Matt

  • A Super Cloudy Start to November

    For the past several days we have had a hard time kicking out these overcast skies! Granted, as we approach winter, we tend to have more clouds this time of year than in the summer, but even for November, it has been cloudier than normal. For both NW Arkansas and the River Valley it has been cloudy more than 3/4 of the time this month so far! We’ve had a lot of surface boundaries linger in the area the past […]

  • Check Out This Weekend’s Sunrises

    We had a treat this weekend in the sunrise department.  A mix of sun and clouds these past two weekend mornings prompted some beautiful colors in our skies. We’d love to see your sunrise pictures too! (Forecast for the rest of Sunday is at the bottom) Bentonville:  Saturday Morning Fort Smith:  Sunday Morning Pocola:  Sunday Morning Fort Smith:  Sunday Morning Rogers:  Sunday Morning SUNDAY FORECAST Skies will remain mostly cloudy with some clearing by the late evening hours.  Temperatures will […]

  • Misty Drizzle Returns Tonight

    Most of the time during the daylight hours this weekend, it will remain dry!  A few misty showers are possible Saturday night. SATURDAY, VETERAN’S DAY OUTLOOK SUNDAY OUTLOOK Here are the rain chances tonight from midnight and Futurecast: Rain totals will remain light.  Not everyone will see rain tonight. -Matt

  • Foggy Start, Some Afternoon Sun Later

    No picturesque sunrises today! Poor visibilities blanket the entire area this morning.  Be careful as you head out the door because visibilities are under a mile for mostly everyone.   Counties shaded in gray (Benton, Washington,  Franklin, Crawford, Sequoyah, Sebastian, and LeFlore counties) are under a dense fog advisory until 10AM.  Whether or not your county is under a fog advisory, fog is blanketing most of NW Arkansas and the River Valley. As of 7:45AM… By 10 AM, expect temperatures […]

  • Halloween Night Rain Forecast

    Rain showers are expected to move in from the west by Tuesday evening.  These will remain mostly light and scattered throughout Trick-Or-Treating hours.  This will be a wetter and cooler than average Halloween Night. Here’s the latest with HD FUTURECAST: This is an Hour-By-Hour Look for Northwest Arkansas: This is an Hour-By-Hour Look for the River Valley: The 5NEWS Weather Team took a closer look at what we normally see during Trick-Or-Treat hours (6PM-8PM).  It will certainly be cooler in […]

  • Coldest Morning Since Last Winter

    Brrrrr! It is cold this morning!  Temperatures have dropped below freezing this morning, ushering in the coldest air of the season so far.   In Fayetteville, temperatures dropped into the low 20s, making it the coldest day in 239 days!  Fayetteville has not seen temperatures like this since March 3rd. Temperatures also dipped below freezing in Fort Smith Saturday morning, which we haven’t seen since March 12th, 230 days ago. A freeze warning is in effect for everyone Saturday morning […]

  • Weather Walk ‘n Talk: How Do We Measure Winds?

    Have you ever wondered how we calculate the winds?  It not as simple as just measuring a quick wind speed…  Here are the details on how we record the breeze! There is a standard for measuring all aspects of the wind.  It it necessary so that you can trust all wind data from across the nation, especially for the aviation community.  Here are some of the rules: Location:  An anemometer (device that measures the wind) needs to be placed in […]

  • Storms Arrive By Midnight, Here Are The Threats Tonight

    A powerful cold front will sweep through the area late Saturday night and early Sunday morning.  This will spark showers and storms in Oklahoma Saturday evening, which will march eastward towards Arkansas by nightfall. Strong storms will first fire in central Oklahoma.  This is where they will be their most severe.  As they move eastwards, they will all line up and come through as one strong line into Arkansas.  In addition, they should weaken slowly over time as daytime heating […]