In 1998, the El Nino was hailed by climate scientists as proof that they deserved funding forever. It was like hitting the jackpot at Las Vegas.
But seventeen years later, the 1998 El Nino is now considered evil, an aberration which must be ignored. Ridicule is heaped on anyone who makes a graph which includes the 1998 El Nino.
However, the next El Nino to appear on the right side of the graph will be cited as proof that climate scientists deserve funding forever.