Matt has two favorite words: weather and adventure. You’ll always find him either looking at the sky or traveling to a stunning Arkansas vista. Matt Standridge is the weekend evening meteorologist and the host for the weekly series “Adventure Arkansas.” Matt joined the 5NEWS Weather Team in September 2017.

Arkansas has been a perfect fit because the weather is always changing in a such a severe weather prone area. However he is no stranger to all types of weather, having lived all across the the United States from the Northeast, to the Great Lakes, and to Green County. His favorite type of weather to forecast is snow. Matt loves the challenge of the forecast that the Natural and Sooner states bring. In addition, he is excited to be close to family in the Poteau area.

Matt graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology from Valparaiso University. 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, receiving the 2016-2017 National Weather Association Broadcast Award his senior year, and forecasting for WBND, ABC57 News in South Bend, IN as an on-air weekend meteorologist. After graduating, but before starting his career at 5NEWS, Matt forecasted for an government aviation project in North Dakota the summer of 2017, directing aircraft around severe weather.

When active weather takes a break, you can find Matt exploring all over Arkansas and Oklahoma. There is so much to do in the Ozarks and Matt takes full advantage of exploring the area. He enjoys going on adventures, hikes to vistas, traveling, exercising, swimming, and droning. You can follow his local endeavors on Thursday nights at 10PM on “Adventure Arkansas.” If he was not a meteorologist, Matt would be a pilot, flying all over the world looking at clouds and searching for adventure. Until he get’s his private pilot license, Matt has his Part 107 Drone license and flies SKY5 throughout our area.

You can connect with him by email or social media:
-Facebook: Meteorologist Matt Standridge
-Instagram: @matthewstandridge
-Twitter: @5NEWSMatt

Recent Articles
  • Heavy Rain Continues Friday Morning

    Heavy rounds of rain and storms are inbound from eastern Oklahoma with rainfall rates up to 1.5 inches per hour. The heaviest downpours will hit between Fayetteville and Fort Smith until noon Friday. All other locations will experience on-and-off showers throughout Friday morning. Only a few isolated storms are possible throughout the afternoon. Tap HERE for our interactive radar. VIDEO FORECAST STORM ZONES Morning:  Heavy rain will impact the mountains and the Arkansas River the most as downpours move in […]

  • Adventure Arkansas: Yoga At The Botanical Garden Of The Ozarks

    Sometimes a change in scenery can make all the difference… We joined a free yoga class in the beautiful Botanical Garden of the Ozarks in Fayetteville! Yoga outside in the lush landscaping was beautiful and rejuvenating. This class is hosted by the Fayetteville Athletic Club and is free to public, with free access to the garden as well. DETAILS -Every Saturday morning at 9:30 until Sept 28th -1hr free yoga class and free entry -Bring a yoga mat, water, and […]

  • Weakening Morning Storms, Afternoon Pop-Ups

    Isolated showers and storms are possible throughout Thursday as a cold front slowly crosses the Arkansas-Missouri state line. THU AM:  Storms mainly in NWA THU PM:  Isolated pop-up showers and storms for everyone VIDEO FORECAST WEATHER SETUP A cold front is slowly  moving south (1-2MPH) will continue to provide atmospheric support for scattered showers and storms the next few days. There will be rounds in the afternoon and overnight hours as well. The heaviest rain is likely to move in […]

  • Major Cooldown Arrives By End Of August

    A large airmass of cooler air from the north is expected to arrive by the last few days of August, lingering into September. The ridge of high pressure filled with relentless heat and humidity will retrograde back westward towards the Pacific Coast. END OF MONTH TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK Highs temperatures will drop to the low 80s for the first few days of September. -Matt

  • Extreme Heat With Isolated Storm Relief

    The extreme heat continues for Wednesday with highs well into the 90s and heat index values well over 105 degrees later in the afternoon. There will be a chance for an isolated storm this afternoon as the overall high pressure system breaks down. VIDEO FORECAST WEDNESDAY FORECAST Morning:  70s & 80s, Mostly Sunny Afternoon 90s & 100s, Isolated Storms Wednesday Expected Highs Wednesday Expected Highs A mix of heat advisories and excessive heat warnings will go into effect this afternoon […]

  • Isolated Shower Tonight, Heat Ramps Up This Week

    A passing shower or storm is possible Sunday night and into very early Monday morning. The forecast looks a lot drier for the work week with temperatures returning to the 90s (heat index values over 100 degrees). VIDEO FORECAST MONDAY FORECAST There is a chance for a leftover shower to pass by mainly before sunrise. Otherwise dry conditions are expected for Monday as highs climb quickly into the 90s. Monday’s Highs: Monday’s Feel Like Temperatures (Heat Advisories likely for Monday […]

  • Storms Return Late Sunday

    A weak upper-level disturbance will be arriving into Arkansas and Oklahoma for the second half of the weekend, sparking a better chance for a shower or storm. Lots of sunshine is expected for Sunday, but by the evening, storms forming towards the north will dive south, possibly impacting Northwest Arkansas and eventually the River Valley after Sunday’s sunset. Some could be severe but they should be weakening as they arrive. VIDEO FORECAST SUNDAY FORECAST It will be hot and humid […]

  • Adventure Arkansas: Lake Ouachita Sunset Tour

    Hop on board and full steam ahead! We are touring Arkansas’ largest lake:  Lake Ouachita! The state park took us across the 40,000 acre lake to explore islands, see wildlife, and of course soak in a beautiful summer sunset. For pricing and scheduling information, tap HERE. The tour begins and ends at the Lake Ouachita State Park Marina, just down the road from the visitor center. -Matt Segment Sponsored By: Adventure Subaru  

  • Heat Rages For Monday But Relief In Sight

    Temperatures in the 90s with heat index values above 110-degrees continue for Monday as the heat wave holds on across the southern Plains. However the high pressure system will start to break down Tuesday and Wednesday, bringing some cooler air and the chance for rain. VIDEO FORECAST WEATHER PATTERN High pressure with sinking air has kept the heat up across the south as the jet stream and storm track stays well north. By midweek, the jet stream will move south […]

  • Adventure Arkansas Stand Up Paddle Boarding

    Ancient peoples across the world have paddle boarded to transport across waterways. However in the mid 1900s, Hawaiians started modern day paddle boarding as a way to monitor new surfers. In the early 2000s it made it to mainland US, and you can do it right here in Arkansas. We teamed up with SUP Outfitters to paddle board across Beaver Lake. If you’d like to sign up for a trip or class head here:  SUP Outfitters. SUP Outfitters is a […]

  • Hot And Humid Week Ahead

    As Northwest Flow falls apart and lifts north, summer heat and humidity will build back in this week. Temperatures will reach the 90s as the heat index breaches over 100 degrees thanks to dew points in the mid 70s. VIDEO FORECAST WEATHER SET UP The upper level wind field is weakening across the south, which will allow high pressure to return. Heat will build from the south, carried by southerly surface winds. It will gradually get hotter day-by-day this week. […]

  • Foggy Start, Sunny End

    A thick blanket of fog developed Sunday morning across Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley thanks to cool temperatures overnight and calm  winds. By late morning, the fog will lift and partly cloudy to mostly sunny skies will takeover. A nice Sunday is underway. However, be on the lookout for a stray shower this afternoon developing in the heat of the day (10% chance). VIDEO FORECAST Visibility dropped below a half mile for many across Northwest Arkansas and the River […]

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