"El Nino" is from the Spanish language, and the words translate into English as "the child" or "young boy." El Nino is also the nickname for a series of heavy rainstorms that occurred in Los Angeles in 1997 and 1998.
According to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, during 1997- 1998, storms drenched the city with a record 31 inches of rain. It was twice the annual average. As a result of El Nino, destructive mudslides and floods plagued Los Angeles and its surrounding areas. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, known as NOAA, is currently on El Nino watch. Forecasters and climatologists believe there is more than a 50 percent chance that another series of storms could form in late 2014. News of El Nino is welcomed in California during times of drought.