Unlike the nation as a whole, 2015 didnít even come close to being the warmest on record in Hays.
In fact, with an annual average temperature of 56 degrees at the Kansas State University Agricultural Research Center at the south edge of Hays, it was merely the 12th warmest on record.
With mean temperatures a full 2.64 degrees warmer than 2015, the all-time warmest year was 1939, followed closely with an average temperature of 57.8 degrees in 1934, a year with 53 days when temperatures climbed above 100 degrees. Even that wasnít a record, as 1936 had 54 days when temperatures climbed in excess of 100 degrees.
In third place was 2012, with an annual average temperature of 57.6 degrees. There were 37 days with temperatures in excess of 100 degrees that year.
There were 22 100-plus degree-days in 2015, according to the KSU data, eight each in July and September, and three each in June and August.
Thatís enough to put 2015 in excess of the 117-year normal, which stands at an average of 16.48 per year.
While Hays wonít be going down as a record-setting year, the average U.S. temperature was the second warmest. With an annual average temperature of 54.4 degrees ó 2.4 degrees warmer than the 20th century average. Only 2012 was warmer, with an average temperature of 55.3 degrees.
Hays was warmer across the board.
The average minimum temperature ó typically the overnight low ó stood at 42.3 degrees, the 15th warmest. Average is 40.63 degrees.
The average maximum temperature, typically daytime highs, was 69.31 degrees, the 16th warmest. Average is 67.23 degrees.
Even with the warmer temperatures, 2015ís growing season was a day shorter than than the 170 days considered normal.
The last frost of the spring came May 12, while the first frost of the fall was recorded Oct. 29.
The shortest growing season was in 1901, lasting just 114 days, while the longest was in 1998, lasting 203 days.
Snowfall in 2015 was paltry, with just 8.5 inches falling. Normal would be 19.19 inches.
As far as precipitation is concerned, 19.76 inches fell in 2015, 3.02 inches below normal.