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
  • Sasquatch Skydives Into Arkansas: Jack Links

    With the 2019 Walmart Shareholders’ Meeting underway in Northwest Arkansas, Jack Links Beef Jerky brought in Sasquatch by skydiving into the Washington County Fairgrounds.  5NEWS was invited to participate in the jump as well. Meteorologist Matt Standridge jumped tandem with the Patriot Parachute Team. This jump is part of Jack Links’ Feed Your Wild Side campaign. Everyone jumped at 10,000 feet.  Freefalling lasted 45 seconds while gliding with parachute lasted another three to four minutes. -Matt

  • Storm Threat Continues Monday Evening

    Scattered storms will continue to swing through Oklahoma and Arkansas throughout Monday afternoon and evening. Some could turn severe. THREATS All storms will have pockets of heavy rain and some lightning.  A few of the stronger ones could also have 1″ hail and gusty winds near 60 MPH. TIMING NOW-9PM After sunset and civil twilight, the majority of these storms will start to fade away.  There is a slim chance for an isolated storm tonight. Futurecast 5PM -5NEWS Weather

  • Isolated Storm Sunday Afternoon

    An isolated storm is possible Sunday afternoon. They will remain scattered in nature so only 20-30% of the area may see a shower. TIMING The best time to watch for a storm will be from 1PM to 8PM. It will not storm the entire time during that window.  More storms arrive by Monday. A Level 1 (Marginal) Severe Risk is in place for the River Valley. The strongest storm that pops up in the region could have some small hail […]

  • Arkansas River Now Below 40 Feet

    At 3AM Sunday, the Arkansas River finally dropped below 40 feet at the Fort Smith – Van Buren gauge, dropping at a pace of 1/2 inch per hour. The pace may quicken the next few days. The next critical level to fall under is 38 feet, the level that shut down the Garrison Avenue bridge east and west between Fort Smith and eastern Oklahoma (Moffett). It is expected to fall under 38 feet by Monday morning. -Matt

  • Stray Storm Chances Continue Thanks To Front

    A cold front will stall out near the Arkansas state line the next few days. The timing is difficult to pinpoint because of the extreme scattered nature of the thunderstorms. They will pop up and die out all relatively quickly. TIMING The most likely time to have storm swing by your neighborhood throughout the weekend will be Saturday night and then Sunday midday through the evening. Scattered storms could develop Saturday night and once again around noon on Sunday. The […]

  • Swollen Arkansas River From Space

    JUNE 1ST UPDATE The Arkansas River is at major flood stage from Tulsa to Little Rock. Satellite data shows the flooding river well beyond its banks across Oklahoma and Arkansas. Fort Smith’s water level crested Friday night. Top:  April 20, 2019 Bottom:  May 31, 2019

  • June: More Above-Average Rain Expected

    May proved to be stormy and a soaker.  What about June? JUNE PRECIPITATION OUTLOOK Another round of above-average rainfall could set up over Oklahoma and western Arkansas this month. Most likely it will be less but an extra inch above the normal ~5″ we usually get is possible. JUNE TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK Thanks to additional clouds from more rain, we may end the month below-normal. JUNE DAYLIGHT June has the Summer Solstice! On June 21st we stop gaining daylight and begin […]

  • Isolated Storm This Afternoon And Overnight

    Overall a nice weekend is shaping up for western Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma. Most of the time we’ll enjoy partly cloudy skies with south winds keeping temperatures in the 80s. However there is a stray thunderstorm chance with a low-end severe threat. A cold front will be diving south, approaching Arkansas. This will help spark isolated storms, mainly north of I-40. The best chance for storm would be Saturday afternoon and Saturday night. More storm chances flare up Sunday afternoon […]

  • Tornado Watch CANCELLED

    UPDATE: TORNADO WATCH CANCELLED       The Storm Prediction Center has issued a tornado watch until 8PM Wednesday. Counties included:  Carroll, Crawford, Franklin, Johnson, LeFlore (OK), Logan, Madison, Sebastian, Sequoyah (OK), and Scott THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE THE METRO AREAS OF NORTHWEST ARKANSAS. There is enough rotation in the atmosphere to spin thunderstorms which means tornadoes are possible this afternoon.  Heavy rain and lightning are also expected, making flash flooding a major concern throughout Wednesday. Water is not able […]

  • View From Space: Arkansas River Flooding

    The Arkansas River has swelled way beyond its normal banks. The difference is large enough that you can easily see it from space! LEFT:  April 20, 2019 – near normal levels RIGHT:  May 27, 2019 – record breaking levels In some flood plains, the Arkansas River has more than tripled in spatial size. -Matt

  • Water Levels Rising 1 Inch Per Hour Sunday

    UPDATED:  SUNDAY AFTERNOON The Arkansas River continues to rise steadily. The current pace is near 1 inch per hour. The cresting of 42.5 feet will take place early Wednesday morning. The speed will slow and quicken based on water releases upstream. -5NEWS Weather

  • NWS Confirms 5 EF-1 Tornadoes From Saturday

    The NWS survey team has confirmed five EF-1 tornadoes touched down in the River Valley from Saturday’s storms. Details Below 1:59PM CDT Fort Smith (EF-1):  Between Phoenix Ave and Cliff Drive; damaged homes, uprooted trees, and snapped power poles 2:00PM CDT Greenwood (EF-1):  2 miles NW of Greenwood near Bell Park; severely damaged homes, numerous trees snapped of uprooted, destroyed outbuildings, and snapped power poles 2:04 PM CDT Fort Smith / Barling (EF-1):  In the Massard Creek area near Springhill […]

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