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
  • Severe Thunderstorm Warning

    The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for parts of Sequoyah County. Gusty winds and large hail are possible. Tap HERE for our interactive radar.

  • Tornado Watch

    Click HERE for our interactive radar. The Storm Prediction Center has issued a tornado watch for This means conditions are favorable for tornadoes this afternoon. Most of these should be small spin-ups. -5NEWS Weather Team    

  • Scattered Storms Near Dinner Sunday

    As conditions destabilize in the region, more showers and storms are expected to spark in eastern Oklahoma and eventually move through western Arkansas. Best timing will be from 5PM to 9PM.  After that, storm chances reduce significantly. WORSE CASE SCENARIO:  A line of severe storms will march through, especially Northwest Arkansas. BEST CASE SCENARIO:  Showers may strengthen with a few rumbles of thunder as they sweep through. Not everyone may get wet, with better prospects north of I-40. Futurecast 6PM […]

  • Stormy Skies For Sunday

    Waves of scattered showers and storms are expected to move in Sunday morning and last on-and-off throughout the day. Some waves could be strong to severe. The first waves should mainly hold off until after sunrise, bringing scattered showers and a few thunderstorms for the first half of the day. Later in the afternoon, once the atmosphere replenishes its energy, more rounds will be likely. Some storms have the potential to be severe. The main threats will include some gusty […]

  • Adventure Arkansas: Lake Ouachita

    We headed south to explore Lake Ouachita, Arkansas’ largest lake that is completely within state lines.  Resting deep within the Ouachita National Forest, it covers 40000 acres of water, boasting 690 miles of shoreline.  The name Ouachita is a French spelling of the Choctaw phrase “owa chito”, which means big hunt.  There are so many things to do at the lake, including swimming, fishing, and camping.   Arkansas Game And Fish Commission’s Trey Reid says he “thinks camping on Lake Ouachita […]

  • Flash Flooding Impacting Hay Season

      Heavy rain has impacted many farmers in eastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas. Meteorologist Matt Standridge spoke with hay farmers in LeFlore County.   Rodney Wymare in Poteau says that it could take up to a week to dry up the hay fields. “We’ve had a lot of rain. It’ll take a couple weeks before the fields will dry up, just to get over the ground with tractors. At my house it was flooded this morning when I got home. […]

  • Soggy Tuesday Rainfall Totals

    As of 8PM, many folks received a lot of rain in their backyards across Arkansas and Oklahoma. Fort Smith set a new record for the rainiest August 14th. Here the are totals across the region. Past 36 Hours Northwest Arkansas River Valley -Matt

  • Waves Of Rain Continue Tuesday Night And Wednesday

    Many of us are getting soaked this Tuesday. There will be a few dry spells, but followed by more rain and a few rumbles of thunder.  This pattern will stick around through Wednesday. Through Wednesday, here is how our rain chances are shaping up. Tuesday Afternoon:  Showers will start to wind down, but we’ll have to watch out for some scattered pop-up t-storms.  More scattered rain showers will develop later. Tuesday Night:  Expect some passing showers. Wednesday Morning:  More rounds […]

  • Heavy Rain Moving Into Fort Smith

    Tap HERE for our interactive radar. Here are some radar-estimated arrival times: A line of heavy rain and gusty winds is moving northeast towards Fort Smith, Van Buren, Fort Chaffee, and Greenwood, as well as many others in the River Valley.  Expect 10-15 minutes of downpours, followed by a few hours of lingering showers. -Matt  

  • Flash Flood Watch Through Wednesday

    Thanks to the likelihood of several more rounds of showers and storms dumping rain over western Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma, a FLASH FLOOD WATCH has been issued until Wednesday at 7PM. What is a Flash Flood Watch? -Essentially, with several more rounds of rain expected, the ground will remain fairly saturated. If a downpour comes along and sits over your backyard for a while, flash flooding could occur.  Because of the threat of 2-4 more inches of rain, flooding is […]

  • Wet Weather Continues The Next Few Days

    As a low pressure system sits to our west, waves of scattered showers and rumbles of thunder will be likely through the middle of the week.  Severe weather chances look extremely low. Showers will taper down Monday evening and overnight. However, by 2AM, expect another round of showers and a few rumbles of thunder to return for the early morning hours on Tuesday. These will last through the morning commute. Things will slowly dry out in the afternoon, but chances […]

  • First Day Of School Complete Forecast

    Many Arkansas kids are heading back to school Monday, August 13th, with more returning to class on Wednesday.  What can you expect weather-wise? A stationary front is parked over Arkansas and Oklahoma, which will help showers and rumbles of thunder to persist all day long, with a maximum from 10AM to 4PM. MORNING FUTURECAST:  There may be a stray sprinkle for first ride back to school. There may be an increase in shower activity around lunchtime as showers move in […]