Cooler and wetter..that's what an El Nino Watch could mean for western North Dakota.
Michael Mathews with the National Weather Service in Bismarck says a watch means El Nino conditions could develop over the next six months, either in the summer or fall.
El nino has a global impact, effecting the jet stream over the entire earth.
Mathews says the pattern typically has the greatest impact on the southeastern portion of the United States, but it could also impact our summer.
(Michael Mathews / National Weather Service) "For the state of North Dakota, usually for the western part of the state for the summer we are wetter than normal, and also unfortunately a little bit colder as well. It's not a huge role player in our weather, but typically it's slightly wetter than normal and slightly cooler than normal."
Mathews says the eastern part of the state could experience drier conditions, but typically the weather remains near normal.