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
  • Nice Tuesday, But Stormy By Wednesday

    A pleasant Tuesday is on the way. We’ll keep temperatures in the 70s (to near 80) but more clouds will move in ahead of our next system. Storms are likely by Wednesday evening. Tuesday:  Partly cloudy, highs in the 70s Tuesday’s Highs Our next system arrives Wednesday. A cold front will be approaching Arkansas late in the evening, helping to spark showers and storms, some of which could turn severe. A Level 2 to Level 3 severe risk is in […]

  • Pleasant Start To Week, Storms By Wednesday

    A beautiful, but short-lived, stretch of nice weather lasts for the first half of the week. By Wednesday afternoon, strong storms are likely to return to Oklahoma and Arkansas.  Until then, southerly winds will be strong at times, gusting over 20 MPH. Monday & Tuesday: Mostly Sunny – Highs in the 70s. Wednesday: Strong Storms – Highs in the 70s. Thursday & Friday: Partly Cloudy – Highs in the 60s. Temperatures will take a dip midweek after a cold front […]

  • A Chilly Rain Expected Tonight, Few Snowflakes Mixing In

    After a soggy Saturday afternoon, one more push of moderate rain will arrive overnight. WHAT TO EXPECT: Rain:  NOW-7PM Few Sprinkles:  7PM-MIDNIGHT Chilly Rain:  MIDNIGHT-8AM (Sunday) FUTURECAST 7PM Our afternoon’s rain band will lift northward into Missouri. A few showers will be possible in the evening, but they should be less intense. The final wave of rain Saturday night and early Sunday morning could have a few snowflakes mixing in, especially in the higher elevations of Northwest Arkansas. Temperatures are […]

  • Saturday: Rainy, Windy, And Cool

    Lots of heavy rain and wind are expected for Saturday as a major system closes in around Arkansas and Oklahoma. WHAT TO EXPECT: 1-3 inches of rain (heavier amounts south of I-40) Wind gusts 40MPH + Temperatures staying in the 50s FUTURECAST SATURDAY Rain bands will move in from the southwest and spread northeast.  The heaviest rain will fall from 8AM until 6PM. There could be some rumbles of thunder in the River Valley Saturday afternoon. Showers and storms should […]

  • Stormy And Muddy Arkansas Derby Expected

    Heavy rain will be pushing into Hot Springs Saturday morning. Two to four inches of rain are possible through the weekend as temperatures stay cool in the 50s and low 60s.  Winds will also be strong with gusts over 40MPH at times. RACE TIME – 6:43PM CDT A lot of the rain will start to taper off by the race’s start, but with heavy rain all day prior to the event, everything will be soaked. Severe storms are also likely […]

  • Adventure Arkansas: Crater Of Diamonds State Park

    We’re on the hunt for diamonds (and other precious gemstones)!  The Crater of Diamonds State Park is one of the few places on the planet where the general public can search for and keep their very own diamonds found on the 37-acre plowed field. Diamonds can be found by looking on the surface, water sifting, and dry sifting. Tools are available to rent, or you can bring your own non-powered tools.  The best time to come is after a good […]

  • Stray Storm Sunday Night, Nice Start To Week

    As a weak cold front swings through and makes our winds more northerly Sunday night, a stray shower or storm is possible, but most of us should remain dry. The severe risk is also extremely low. Most of us should remain dry overnight. We’ll start Monday with some cloud cover but skies should try to clear throughout the day.  70s and low 80s are in the forecast! The next few days look quiet. A warming trend takes place until Wednesday […]

  • Saturday Storms Are Delayed And Weakened

    Tap HERE for our interactive radar. The warm front that will initialize more storms has slowed across southern Arkansas, further delaying and weakening showers and storms for much of the River Valley and Northwest Arkansas. River Valley:  Scattered rain and thunder will be likely later in the afternoon, especially east and south of Fort Smith — low severe threat. Northwest Arkansas: Showers and isolated thunder this afternoon with more storms possible tonight — extremely low severe threat. The severe threat […]

  • Severe Weather Possible Throughout The Weekend

    A storm system will arrive Saturday morning and will not clear until Sunday. A few rounds of showers and storms will be likely throughout most of the weekend. Saturday:  Warm front lifts through — Isolated storms mainly in the afternoon Sunday:  Cold front swings through late — Scattered storms in the evening and overnight (In between these times, an isolated shower or storm cannot be ruled out. A mix of sun and clouds will be expected the rest of the […]

  • Adventure Arkansas: Crack In Rock Trail

    A massive geological crack in the Arkansas landscape lies just north of the Lee Creek Reservoir, northwest of Van Buren. Forested trails around the reservoir highlight lush greenery and rock formations. There is a “Crack In Rock” trail, an easy 2.3 mile blue marked looped trail, that winds towards the north. At the end you’ll find the massive crack where in some places is more than 20 feet deep. Segment Sponsored By: Adventure Subaru

  • Keeping It Green: How Arvest Ball Park Handles Weather

    Arkansas’ weather is extreme, especially in the spring. With the season opener taking place Thursday, April 4th, the grounds crew has already been hard at work greening up the grass. However, the weather doesn’t always play nice around here, which makes their job much more difficult. We went behind the scenes with the head groundskeeper at Arvest Ball Park to find out how they battle the weather for game time. 2019 Naturals Schedule:  Tap HERE -Matt

  • Slow Warm Up This Week

    After freezing weather Monday morning, the temperature trend will be warmer this next week!  Highs will crest above average and stay that way by Tuesday. The next chance of rain and thunderstorms arrives Thursday. A really nice Monday is on the way. There will be more clouds but the south wind will help us reach the mid 50s. Showers and storms return to the forecast late Wednesday night and into Thursday. -Matt

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