Actually, the whole snow in Oxford thing is starting to get a bit old…

By skepticlawyer

imgp0863One or two days is lovely, but not the best part of a week.

See, the new snow falls on top of the old snow, which means — right now — pretty much every surface has a layer of black ice, followed by a layer of white ice, with the latest snow on top. It’s too cold to melt properly, and Oxfordshire (like every other county) is rapidly running out of the salt grit used to keep roads navigable. It’s all rather hazardous, and people are starting to make rather unkind jokes at Al Gore’s expense (like the possibility that he’s visited Oxford in spirit, hence the weather).

The British experience of driving in heavy snow is negligible, to put it mildly. Cars have sashayed and fishtailed down the street. I’ve seen some really good near accidents, including a chap who seemed unable to get his vehicle out of reverse. He was a tradesman of some sort and somehow managed to reverse around the Radcliffe Camera in a big circle until he made an exit through the gate near Hertford.

People across the UK have skied to work (and of course, one has seen everything when one sees footage of a chap snowboarding down a perfectly powdered snow street in Brighton), and even Parliament Hill turned into an impromptu slope. Some members of the animal kingdom have also been getting a kick out of things, too (do follow that link, it’s very funny).

I’ve put together an Oxford album here (it’s on Facebook, but you don’t need to join to view it, Facebook being anathema for some).


  1. Posted February 7, 2009 at 3:36 am | Permalink

    On the plus side, scrape off that top layer of snow and the quad’s a perfect ice-hockey rink. Get your skates on!

  2. conrad
    Posted February 7, 2009 at 4:19 am | Permalink

    I’m sure all these pictures of snow which you and it seems every person in Europe is posting on their sites should be considered deliberate harassment of people in Melbourne at present.

  3. Posted February 7, 2009 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

    Well it 45 degrees plus here in Melbourne. So it’s lookin’ pretty good to me.

    What we need is teleportation. Then we can enjoy a dose of radically different weather.

  4. Pinguthepenguin
    Posted February 8, 2009 at 8:56 am | Permalink that Brasenose college? Looks familiar, I was there two weeks ago visiting some friends who work at Oxford. We stayed over the weekend in the fellow’s guestroom.

  5. Posted February 8, 2009 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    It is indeed, Pingu. The guestroom is through the doorway behind the, err, sculpture.

    Now next time you’ll have to tell me when you’re visiting.

  6. John tons
    Posted February 12, 2009 at 10:29 am | Permalink

    I still have some Canned heat any value?
    Why don’t the brits drawn down some of that daylight that has been saved? They must have at least a year’s worth of daylight in their account. they could use that – more daylight, more sun and the quicker it all melts. (At last a use for economic rationalism!)

  7. John Greenfield
    Posted February 12, 2009 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

    From my time living in London I can assure y’all that England is the least prepared place on earth to deal with any increase in climate variation. When temperatures rise above about 23 degrees celsius the Tube tracks buckle and when it snows for more than sixty minutes, the motorways break down. The place is seriously rooted.

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