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 Matt.Standridge@kfsm.com. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter: Meteorologist Matt Standridge and @5NEWSMatt.


Recent Articles
  • Paris EF-0 Tornado Damage Walkthrough

    Homeowners just southeast of Paris showed us the EF-0 tornado damage to both their land and house.  This tornado passed through between 5 and 6AM on Sunday morning.  Torrential rain afterwards forced them to tarp the remaining roof before they can repair it.  The family is happy to be alive and well. Neighbors and church members have been a huge help for them. -Matt

  • Two EF-0 Tornadoes Confirmed In Logan County From Sunday Storms

    **MORE DETAILS COMING SOON. CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES** The National Weather Service in Little Rock has confirmed a tornado hit parts of Logan County early Sunday morning. RATING:  Both rated EF-0 with winds estimated near 80mph. Both tornadoes tracked over nearly the same area. DAMAGE:  Was mostly confined to rural areas of Logan County; especially west of Highway 309 near the community of Corley. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  Two separate rotation tracks moved over eastern Logan County on Sunday morning.  The first […]

  • Higher Humidity Returns This Week

    After a soaking weekend, the weather will be a lot calmer the next several days. Isolated afternoon storm chances remain but most of the time expect mostly sunny conditions. Temperatures will be rising this week, as well as the humidity. VIDEO FORECAST MONDAY FORECAST Clouds clearing west to east — highs in the 80s this afternoon Pool weather returns as well. You may a little extra water in your pool after 3-6 inches of rain fell over the weekend. HUMIDITY […]

  • Surf-A-Thon: Surfing For Flood Donations

    More funds were raised this weekend for local flood victims by means of a Surf-A-Thon. Parrot Island and the United Way of Fort Smith teamed up to host this event. For every second a special guest stayed up on their surfboard, donations came in. 5NEWS was a proud sponsor of the event. We sent Meteorologist Matt Standridge to try to new FlowRider, testing his skills on the waves.  

  • Weekend Storms: Here’s What You Need To Know

    Several rounds of showers and storms are likely for the remainder of the weekend. There are two key players at work. A small low-pressure system (an MCV) developed in North Texas and is moving north towards Arkansas. This will help continue the chance for scattered storms for Saturday evening and overnight. Some could turn severe. We will watch for some pockets of rotation as this nears the area. A cold front will be swinging through Sunday night, sparking showers and […]

  • Flash Flood Watch Until Monday 7AM

    The remainder of the weekend looks stormy. Several rounds of showers and thunderstorms will bring the chance for localized flash flooding. A Flash Food Watch is in effect until 7AM Monday. Rainfall totals may potentially add up quickly for storms that train over a single area. Projected Totals Through The Weekend: -Matt  

  • Adventure Arkansas: Lake Sequoyah

    Looking for a lake, hiking trails, fishing, boating, rocky beaches, rivers, and wildlife sight-seeing, check out Lake Sequoyah. The park covers almost 1800 acres with its reservoir and hiking trails. Fishing/Boating Recreational Permit/Cost Information:  Tap HERE -Matt Segment Sponsored By: Adventure Subaru

  • Adventure Arkansas: Heavener Runestone

    Google Translate cannot help you on this Adventure Arkansas… We explored the Heavener Runestone in LeFlore County, an ancient Viking inscription on a massive sandstone tablet, believed to have been carved in 600 AD. Upcoming Events   (*Fundraiser, proceeds fund park maintenance) July 6, 2019:  Flight Fest* August 3, 2019:  Back to School Bash August 10-11, 2019:  Mind, Body, & Spirit Faire* September 14-15, 2019:  Cultural Collision* October 12-13, 2019:  Viking Fest* October 26, 2019:  Halloween on the Hill* November 9, […]

  • Heat Index Values Breach 100 Degrees By End Of Week

    The first day of summer is Friday, starting at 10:54 AM CDT. The weather will be appropriate because even warmer and more humid air is on the way for the end of the work week. Temperatures will surge well into the 90s with heat index values over 100 degrees, especially in the River Valley. FIRST DAY OF SUMMER – FRIDAY Highs:  90s Heat Index Values:  100-105 There will be complex of storms early Friday morning mainly before sunrise. If it […]

  • Strong Storm Potential Tonight

    Storms return to the forecast overnight into Wednesday morning. A complex of thunderstorms will be developing in central Kansas, diving south and east towards Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma throughout the overnight hours. Some could be severe, even as they weaken upon their approach to the Natural State. VIDEO FORECAST TIMING Specific timing is still a big question.  These complex of storms (called an MCS – Mesoscale Convective Complex) create their own environment as they grow in size. Sometimes they can […]

  • Sunday Evening: More Storms In Oklahoma Than Arkansas

    Slight rain chances still continue for the rest of Sunday, however not everyone has received showers or storms. What is going on? WEATHER SETUP The surface front is moving east much slower, keeping storms farther west. We have an upper-level wave moving across the central Plains this weekend. However, the surface front has stayed farther west, funneling storm development also farther west. It will continue to produce storms in Oklahoma for the evening on Father’s Day, some of which may […]

  • Sunday Afternoon: Partly Cloudy With An Isolated Storm

    Some of us started the early morning hours of Father’s Day with thunderstorms but things have quieted down throughout the afternoon. There is still a chance for isolated storms to pop up throughout the afternoon. The threat level is low at a Level 1.  Some gusty winds would be the primary threat. -Matt

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