A dry and pleasant Friday; 2016 global climate report

If you have an outdoor project that requires dry weather, your window of opportunity is almost here.

A high-pressure system will spread over Minnesota on Friday, then drift slowly eastward on Saturday.

The result will be dry weather for all of Minnesota on Friday and for most of Minnesota on Saturday.

Rain chances

A chance of showers arrives in southwestern Minnesota late Saturday into Saturday night, then central and southern Minnesota could see some scattered showers and an isolated thunderstorm on Sunday.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Global Forecast System model shows the potential rain pattern late Saturday through Sunday:

NOAA GFS model rainfall rate from Saturday through Sunday, via tropicaltidbits

Temperature trends

High temperatures will be in the 70s over most of Minnesota on Friday:

70s will also be widespread on Saturday:

We’re “stuck in the 70s” again for highs on Sunday:

Our average Twin Cities high temperature is 81 this time of year.

We could see highs in the lower 80s in the Twin Cities early next week.

 2016 global climate report

NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information released their annual report on our global climate today:

According to NOAA:

The 27th annual issuance of the report, led by NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information, is based on contributions from nearly 500 scientists from more than 60 countries around the world and reflects tens of thousands of measurements from multiple independent datasets.

The report states that the annual global surface temperature was at a record high level in 2016:



The entire report was posted online today by the American Meteorological Society.

According to the AMS:

Surface temperature and carbon dioxide concentration, two of the more publicly recognized indicators of global-scale climate change, set new highs during 2016, as did several surface and near-surface indicators and essential climate variables. Notably, the increase in CO2 concentration was the largest in the nearly six-decade observational record.

You can view the entire report on the AMS site, and downloads are also available.

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