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No surprise: June was hot

7/3/2012

By MIKE CORN

mcorn@dailynews.net

Three record high temperatures fell in June in Hays while the year continued its trend of remaining sharply warmer than normal.

June was not, however, a record-setting month for average temperatures recorded at the Kansas State University Agricultural Research Center south of Hays.

It was still warm enough to be the seventh warmest June on record in terms of daily high temperatures recorded and the 14th warmest for daily lows.

Taken together June was the seventh warmest on record, with an average temperature of 79.5 degrees. The all-time record was set in 1952, when the average was 81.1 degrees.

Temperatures climbed above 100 degrees eight times in June, a string broken only by a 99-degree day on Sunday.

June started out cool enough, with a high of only 66 degrees on the first day of the month, topping out at 114 on the 27th.

That's only 3 degrees below the all-time high of 117 set on July 13, 1934.

Only 0.85 of an inch of rain fell in June, bringing the total for the year to 8.01 inches. That was 2.58 inches below normal.

Hays remains 3.28 inches below normal for the year.

Colby saw temperatures top 100 degrees nine times in June, the high coming in at 113 degrees. Only 0.78 of an inch of rain fell in June.

Goodland had 10 days with temperatures above 100, the highest 110 on June 26 and 27. Rainfall only amounted to 0.99 of an inch.

Hill City had the dubious distinction of being the hot spot in the nation on both June 26 and 27, when temperatures hit 115 degrees. The community also hit 114 June 24.

0Temperatures exceeded 100 degrees nine times in June there and precipitation amounted to 1.04 inches in June.