PHOENIX (KSAZ) -- The World Meteorological Organization is predicting an El Nino event within the next three months.
An El Nino event could certainly mean good news for the Grand Canyon State. During a La Nina event last winter, Phoenix experienced one of the driest winters on record. With an El Nino forecast, Arizona could be in for a wetter than average winter.
According to the WMO, There is a 75% to 80% chance for a weak El Nino event to develop
"What that means for us is that we are going to potentially see slightly wetter conditions than normal," said Peter Crank, a meteorologist and Ph.D candidate at ASU.
Crank says it's during this time when precipitation picks up in the Southwest. It doesn't mean, however, we'll see El Nino's impacts immediately.
"El Nino may start in the South Pacific right now, but it may be a few weeks or a few months before we see the effects of that begin to move across the globe," said Crank.
As of now, weather models indicate the strength of El Nino range from a warm-neutral condition to a moderate strength El Nino event.
"El Nino can certainly helping with the drought, because it is a long-term setup that provides the opportunity for more frequent precipitation. So when that occurs, that can really help with the long term drought," said Crank.