Remember that future climate projections are not weather predictions.

Climate projections tell us how conditions are likely to change on average; they cannot tell us what will happen on a given date in the future.

Look not only at model-averaged projections but also at individual models.

The average values across different model projections is considered more likely than any individual model value. But if you are trying to plan for the future, it is also important to look at individual model values and consider the full range of model outcomes.

Consider different greenhouse gas scenarios separately.

Since you know that averaging the results from different climate models is deemed more likely than any individual model, you might think this principle also applies the different greenhouse gas scenarios. However, it is not the case that averaging together the greenhouse gas scenarios gives you a more likely greenhouse gas emissions pathway, and you should avoid doing this. Instead, think of each greenhouse gas scenario as a separate possible future.

Select longer time periods for more useful information.

Because future climate projections express natural climate variability, analyzing a longer time period gives you a better sense of overall future conditions. In other words, if you analyze just a few years of a future climate projection, you might happen to select years that are anomalous. You will get a more accurate picture of future conditions if you look at a period of at least a few decades.