The term “Multivariate ENSO Index” may not mean much to you by name, but the data in the index may hold the best news you have heard for many days, weeks, and months. It says that El Niño is waiting in the wings for his stage cue so he can burst into the spotlight with a hero’s welcome. Quickly, cue El Niño.

Within the bowels of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) office in Colorado, Dr. Klaus Wolter is analyzing six weather and atmospheric pressure numbers that come from the Equatorial Waters in the Pacific Ocean. The six are the sea-level air pressure, components of the surface winds, sea surface temperatures, surface air temperatures and the cloudiness. When those six variables are combined by Dr. Wolter they indicate that El Nino will soon be here and not a moment too soon.