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
  • Flurries Slowly Ending But Staying Cold For Friday

    NORTHWEST ARKANSAS (KFSM) — Flurries flew around Northwest Arkansas and the mountains earlier Friday morning. A stray snowflake is possible throughout the day with low clouds. It may be windy at times with NW winds up to 15 MPH sustained. Wind chills will be in effect for most of the day. VIDEO FORECAST FLURRIES TO START FRIDAY A few snowflakes fell during the Friday morning commute but roadways mainly stayed wet with temperatures just above freezing. Roads should remain fine […]

  • Misty And Cloudy Thursday, Light Rain/Snow Tonight

    Light showers will wind down throughout Wednesday morning with some mist expected at times with lowering clouds. VIDEO FORECAST CHILLY, CLOUDY, MISTY THURSDAY Highs will only top out in the 30s and 40s today. This afternoon a northwest wind will start to pick up and bring another round of light rain/snow overnight into Friday morning. Other than mist, we’ll stay fairly dry most of the day in western Arkansas, however later this evening a few more light showers may return. […]

  • Cold Tuesday With Clouds Increasing

    It’ll be another cold day across Arkansas and Oklahoma. Highs will reach the low-to-mid 40s. Clouds will increase this afternoon ahead of our next system which will bring a wintry mix area-wide by Wednesday morning. VIDEO FORECAST CHILLY TUESDAY A light north wind will become southerly later in the day, but it will stay cold still with highs in the 40s. WINTRY MIX FOR WEDNESDAY Waves of precipitation will move in from the west early Wednesday morning. Temperatures in the […]

  • Cold But Sunny Monday

    It will likely be the coldest day of 2020 so far with highs in the 30s and 40s. We’ll have plenty of sunshine for your Monday but with a light north wind, it’ll feel chilly with wind chills in effect most of the day. The next chance for rain/snow will be Wednesday. VIDEO FORECAST CHILLY MONDAY Highs will struggle to warm up today. Most of us should at least hit the 40-degree mark (even if it’s brief, especially in NWA). […]

  • Icing Photos From Northwest Arkansas

    GARFIELD, Ark. (KFSM) — Temperatures were near freezing mark this morning across portions of Northwest Arkansas. Most of the icing occurred east of the metropolitan areas of Bentonville-Fayetteville. These are pictures from Garfield, AR. Temperatures will warm into the upper 30s and low 40s the rest so we’ll stick with liquid rain showers the rest of the day. (Picture Credit:  Tiffany Lee) If you have pictures of the icing, share them below! -5NEWS Weather

  • Cold And Wet Friday, Some Morning Freezing Drizzle

    It’s going to be a wet, windy, and cold Friday for everyone, with several rounds of light showers and temperatures in the 30s and 40s. A few pockets of freezing drizzle, mainly east of the metro areas, may create a few slick spots, especially Friday morning. Rain and clouds should start to clear out overnight. VIDEO FORECAST WINTER WEATHER ADVISORIES:  Until 10 AM Carroll and Madison counties may get a light glaze of ice Friday morning with some freezing drizzle […]

  • Chilly Thursday With Rain On The Way

    It’ll be much colder today with northerly winds keeping western Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma in the 50s Thursday afternoon. VIDEO FORECAST COLD FRONT MOVING SOUTH Colder air from the north continues to dive south. Afternoon temperatures should stay mainly in the 50s as north winds try to counteract any daytime heating. There’s a chance for a stray shower today with heavier bands of rain moving in overnight into Friday morning. There may even be a few sleet pellets mixing in […]

  • National Weather Service Confirms EF-1 Tornado Hit SW Cherokee County

    The NWS has confirmed an EF-1 tornado hit southwestern Cherokee County on Friday, January 10, 2020. This tornado damaged a roof of a permanent home and two roofs from mobile homes. Trees were uprooted and outbuildings were damaged. Rating:  EF-1 Wind Speeds (Estimated):  90 – 100 MPH Path Length:  5.8 miles Path Maximum Width:  250 yards No injuries or fatalities Start Time / Location:  2:49 PM CST / 35.7796, -95.0229 (3.1 miles WSW Keys, OK) End Time / Location:  2:57 […]

  • Wednesday: Warm But Mostly Cloudy, Rain Ahead

    It’s a warm start with morning lows in the 50s across Arkansas and Oklahoma. We’ll have a good mix of clouds today with hopefully some pockets of sunshine. With southerly winds, highs should reach the 60s today. A cold front arrives tonight which will knock down temperatures the rest of the week. VIDEO FORECAST WEDNESDAY MORNING FOG Dense fog advisories in the River Valley last until 9AM thanks to humid air brought north overnight. It should clear out for the […]

  • Tuesday: Low Clouds With Little Sun Later

    Some more humid air moved has rolled in early Tuesday morning, helping to create patchy fog throughout Arkansas and Oklahoma. It’s expected to mix away around 9-10 AM with partly cloudy skies likely the rest of the day. VIDEO FORECAST Once the fog lifts, we should warm into the 50s this afternoon. For locations with lingering low clouds, highs may be significantly lower. We should be dry Tuesday with some showers possible Wednesday. -Matt    

  • Warming Trend Starts Monday

    It was a cold Monday morning with lows in the upper 20s and low 30s. Some patchy fog is impacting the River Valley but should mix away later into the morning as southerly winds return. Highs are expected to reach the 50s (and a few lows 60s) this afternoon thanks to mostly sunny skies and strong south winds. VIDEO FORECAST MONDAY WARMING TREND Highs in Northwest Arkansas will top out in the mid 50s with a few high clouds. Highs […]

  • Friday Severe Storm Breakdown

    Severe storms are likely today across Arkansas and Oklahoma as a cold front approaches tonight. Damaging winds, a few tornadoes, and pockets of hail are all possible. SEVERE ZONES:  UPGRADED TO A LEVEL 4 FOR SOME   VIDEO FORECAST TIMING FOR FRIDAY STORMS Friday Morning:  Isolated showers, quick rumble of thunder Friday Afternoon:  Scattered strong-to-severe storms, some will rotate Friday Evening:  A line of storms with damaging winds will swing through with heavy rain on the back side — a […]

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