T is a British characteristic to grumble about our climate. In this respect Oxford men are no exception for Oxford's winter climate is often the subject of complaint. Another common talking point is that our climate has changed. We have all been told that winters used to be much more severe; now we tell our children that winters used to be much milder. Although human memory alone is a most unreliable record of past weather, for we remember the fine summer afternoons or the glorious holidays, and forget the dismal rainy days, the records of the Radcliffe Meteorological Station t o some extent confirm our impressions about the former character of our winter weather. If we compare the long-period means of temperature and rainfall a t Oxford with those for other places in Britain, we find nothing particularly unusual or extreme (Kendrew 1926,Smith 1954). Similarly Oxford has not experienced such short-period extremes of weather as have occurred in other parts of the country. Rainfall has varied from 14.94 inches in 1921to 40.73inches in 1852; a range well within the extremes of 11.20inches recorded in the Isle of Thanet in 1921and of over 250 inches at Stye Head Pass
Weather – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 1969
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