Feb. 2 Winter storm hits northwest Kansas, forcing closings of businesses, schools and FHSU. Hays Chamber banquet cancelled. More than 7,500 Midwest Energy customers in Ellis County were without power due to ice and snow buildup on the wires. Interstate-70 and many other highways in northwest Kansas closed. 7 inches fell in Hays, 15 reported in Park in Gove County. I-70 closed Hays to Colorado border for 12 hours, with semis in Hays stacking up on side streets until the city was bursting at the seams. I-70 then closed to Salina. Access Van circulated among the trucks to take drivers to stores or motels.
Feb 18 Record high temperatures are set across the region, with 91 in Hays breaking at 86-year-old record. Hill City saw 85 degrees, Goodland 82, Russell 88 and Colby 85. A cold front that passed through early the next morning brought high winds and cooler temperatures.
April 15-17 Heavy rains soak the area for three days. CoCoRaHS reports have totals for 8.56 inches in Trego County, 7.33 in Ellis County, 5.25 in Hays. The rain contributed to a roof collapse at Big Creek Crossing, causing the flooded shopping mall to close for a time.
May 8 Severe storms cause damage in northeast Ellis County. 36 power poles sheared off, causing power outages for several hundred Midwest Energy customers. Several tornadoes reported, with damage to a farmhouse and outbuildings near Emmeram.
May 24 A possible tornado in Ness County levels an uninhabited farmstead while rain and hail in Ness City caused flooding and property damage.
May 24 Heavy rains overnight sent the Saline River out of its banks, causing debris to jam up under some county bridges. Roads were closed, and the Underwood family woke up to find their house north of Hays surrounded by water. Ellis County emergency crews rescued the family from their home.
July 5 High winds knocked down 30 power poles between Ness City and Alexander, leaving Alexander and Bazine without power.
July 8 Large hail hits across northwest Kansas. Baseball sized hail near Colby, 4.25 inch hail near Bird City, 3-inch hail near St. Francis and 3.75 inch hail near Oakley.
July 13 Windstorm causes widespread damage across Hays, with large limbs and even entire trees down, some blocking streets. Eastern Hays and Ellis County were without power. Ellis County officials declare a disaster to help secure funds for cleanup and damage repair. Winds ripped off part of the copper siding on Gross Memorial Coliseum. City crews hauled 700 truckloads of downed trees & limbs to the landfill during a two-week cleanup period
Sept. 4 Five to 7 inches of rain across northern Ellis and Russell counties caused the Saline River to rise more than 6 feet downstream just a few hours later, prompting a rescue at a familys camping spot in Russell County early in the morning. The rains caused significant damage to rural roads in both counties, prompting both to declare a state of local disaster.
Dec. 17 Arctic air surging into the area brought an overnight low of -16 at the Kansas State University Agricultural Research Station, breaking the record of -8 set in 1927. It was also the first sub-zero temperatures in the region in nearly two years.
Dec. 25 A line of thunderstorms moved through Kansas, bringing the first record of tornadoes on Christmas Day. A weak tornado was reported near Nekomah in Rush County. No damage was reported. At least four other tornadoes were confirmed that day by the National Weather Service.