ABILENE, Texas -

There's a good chance an El Nino could develop this year, bringing more rain to what's already been a very dry year.

The Climate Prediction Center has issued an El Nino Watch with a 50% chance of El Nino development.

El Nino is a weather phenomenon that develops near the equator of the Pacific Ocean, off the coast of South America.

It often has worldwide effects but the Big Country typically sees cooler, wetter weather.

For the next few months, expect quiet conditions to prevail.

This particular El Nino will likely develop into summer and fall.

At this point, it's still a long range forecast so there is still quite a bit of uncertainty.

The Big Country drought ranges from moderate to exceptional, though, so anything that will bring more rain will be a welcome sight.