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
  • Sub-Freezing Start With 50s For The Afternoon

    A cold start on Wednesday will turn into a cool but sunny afternoon. Highs will reach near 50 degrees by 1-2PM. We’ll stay fairly dry the next few days. On-and-off clouds will return by Thursday and last into the weekend. Our next chance for precipitation arrives Sunday. A wintry mix is possible for some. VIDEO FORECAST COOL WEDNESDAY Once the sun lifts above the horizon a bit, we’ll quick warm up into the upper 40s and low 50s this afternoon […]

  • Tuesday: Coldest Day Of The Week And Mainly Cloudy

    Morning lows Tuesday morning were near or below freezing with wind chills in the 20s. A light north wind with lots of clouds will remain for most of the day. We’ll notice some clearing skies later in the day. A slow warming trend will take place the rest of the week. VIDEO FORECAST COLD TUESDAY It will be the coldest school day of the week with only a small warm-up into the low 40s this afternoon with many clouds. Over […]

  • Dropping Temperatures, Stray Raindrop Or Snowflake Tonight?

    Temperatures will drop the second half of Monday as a cold front swings through Arkansas. There is a chance for a stray shower but we’ll mainly be cloudy and windy. Overnight another band of precipitation may form, likely just south into the Ouachitas. A wintry mix may fall south of Scott county as temperatures drop near freezing.  A stray raindrop or snowflake may fall across Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley tonight but with clouds bases near 10000 feet, most […]

  • Southerly Winds And Clouds Increasing Sunday

    River Valley fog will mix away in the mid-to-late morning hours Sunday. South winds will pick up throughout the day up to 15 MPH (gusts up to 25 MPH) VIDEO FORECAST SUNDAY:  Comfortable But Getting Cloudier Throughout the day, more clouds will form and push into eastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas. But highs will still reach well into the 50s thanks to southerly winds. NEXT FEW DAYS:  Shower chances increase Monday evening. There’s a slight chance for a few snowflakes […]

  • Cold Start Saturday But Sunny With 50s This Afternoon

    A cold but nice Saturday is underway. After starting below freezing with patchy fog this morning. we’ll end the day with plenty of sunshine and highs in the 50s. A few more clouds roll in for Sunday with a slight chance for a shower, as highs top near 60 degrees. VIDEO FORECAST Saturday Highs Sunday Highs Our next system arrives Sunday evening into Monday. There could be a stray shower but otherwise strong northwest winds will set up to cool […]

  • Will We Have A White Christmas? – Historical Probabilities

    Christmas will be here before we know it, but what are the chances that it could end up white across Arkansas on Christmas morning? Based on NOAA’s NCEI (National Centers for Environmental Information) climate data from 1981-2010, it’s not completely zero! WHITE CHRISTMAS OVER ARKANSAS While White Christmas mornings are not common in the Natural State, they have happened in the past.  Here are the chances for at least 1″ of snow depth on Christmas Day. NORTHWEST ARKANSAS AND THE […]

  • Rain Ending, Clouds Breaking, Temperatures Dropping Friday

    An upper-level shortwave passed through this morning with lightning over the River Valley. Throughout Friday the clouds will break up a bit but a north wind will set up, dropping temperatures quickly this evening from 50s to 40s to 30s. We are dry heading into the weekend! VIDEO FORECAST COOL FRIDAY Clouds will break up a bit throughout the day with a mix of sun and clouds expected. Highs will be in the 40s and 50s. Northwest Arkansas Hour-By-Hour: River […]

  • 60s For Thursday With Light Showers Overnight

    Thursday will be the warmest day of the week with morning lows in the 40s/50s and highs topping out in the low 60s throughout the afternoon. A mix of sun and clouds is expected with light rain chances in the evening and overnight. VIDEO FORECAST WARM THURSDAY Highs will reach the 60s this afternoon with a light south wind 5-10 MPH. LIGHT RAIN TONIGHT A few light showers may pass by this evening and overnight into early Friday morning. A […]

  • Sunny And Warmer For Wednesday, Clouds Tonight

    Wednesday is starting clear and cold with lows near or below freezing. With a light west wind this afternoon, highs should reach near 60-degrees. Clouds will start to roll in this evening with showers possible Thursday night. VIDEO FORECAST WEDNESDAY:  COLD START, WARM END Highs will top out in the upper 50s and low 60s Wednesday afternoon. NEXT SYSTEM:  Arrives Thursday Night Lots of rain is moving onshore, and some of that will spread east towards Arkansas and Oklahoma. We […]

  • Southerly Winds Pick Up Tuesday Afternoon, Highs In The 50s

    Some high clouds will roll across Arkansas  Tuesday but even with less sunshine, we’ll warm up into the 50s thanks to a southerly wind this afternoon reporting between 5-15 MPH (gusts up to 25 MPH). VIDEO FORECAST A BIT WARMER DAY BY DAY:  50s Tuesday An overall warming pattern will take place through Thursday, helping highs inch up day by day. Highs on Tuesday will reach well into the 50s. LOOKING AHEAD Showers coming onshore the West Coast will arrive […]

  • Heavy Rain Headed Towards California For December

    After a devastating wildfire season, California and much of the West Coast is expecting wetter-than-normal conditions for December, helping to alleviate drought conditions. They are entering their rainy season so any extra rain is welcomed news for when wildfire season returns next year. US Drought Monitor as of November 26, 2019: -5NEWS Weather

  • Monday Morning Wind Chills With More Sun Later

    It will be a chilly Monday with morning lows in the 30s and highs in the 40s. Gusty winds from the weekend are slowing down. Eventually overnight they’ll become southerly, helping us to warm up this week. VIDEO FORECAST BRISK MONDAY Overall temperatures will stay cool for Monday, making it the coldest weekday of the first full week of December. Highs will reach into the 40s, aiming near 50 this afternoon. Winds will still blow from the northwest today, creating […]

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