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Wednesday, 21 February 2018
MEAN temperatures usually vary within two degrees of the average each month but monthly precipitation is much less predictable, although annual totals are slightly more reliable.
After a comparatively dry year in 2017, the final two months produced 66mm and 85mm of rain respectively in Shiplake, giving a total for the year of 675mm.
July was the wettest month of the year with 117mm of rain but in many parts of the country there was a worrying shortfall.
Temperatures in 2017 were close to the average, with 20 frosts in November and December.
On a more cheery note, we can expect this month’s temperatures to be two degrees lower than December’s!
My thanks for the statistics to Denis Gilbert, of Shiplake, who says: “Happy New Year to all climate change deniers!”
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