It will go down as the most beautiful stretch of November weather in Kenosha history.
With temperatures breaking into the 70s again on Monday (Nov. 9), Kenosha approached or exceeded record-highs for seven straight days. Temperatures could top 70 Tuesday afternoon before showers are expected to roll in along with more-seasonable weather in the 40s and 50s, according to meteorologist Taylor Patterson of the National Weather Service.
The historic warm stretch was due to a sustained high-pressure system, creating a steady pattern of southwest airflow.
“Since it’s been going on for so long, it’s keeping the warm air coming,” Patterson said. “There hasn’t been a stop to it.”
According to Weather.com, Kenosha hit a near-record high 71 degrees last Tuesday (Nov. 3). It was followed with a record-high 73 on Wednesday, 72 on Thursday, a record-high 74 on Friday, 72 on Saturday and a record-high 74 on Sunday.
Local residents took advantage of the gorgeous weather by enjoying Kenosha’s lakefront and its many parks and trails. Petrifying Springs Park, considered by many as the crown jewel of the Kenosha County Parks system, was especially crowded this weekend.
Matt Collins, Director of Kenosha County Parks, said local residents enjoyed their time outside while practicing safe social distancing measures during COVID-19.
“Being a Wisconsinite, you have to take advantage of these beautiful moments,” Collins said. “We had higher numbers than anticipated (this weekend). I think the fact there wasn’t a Packers game gave even more of an incentive to get outside.”
What is becoming a growing opinion among Kenosha residents, fall continues to stake its claim as the most popular season in southeast Wisconsin.
“I think people who live here really understand the beautiful dynamic of fall,” Collins said. “There’s cooler temperatures and beautiful fall colors. All of the improvements we’ve made to our parks system really sets the table for people to get out and recreate.”
Last year, Kenosha received nearly six inches of snow on Halloween, forcing postponement of trick-or-treating for the first time in Kenosha history.
The Halloween blizzard was followed with two months of relatively warm and dry conditions. The temperature approached 60 degrees last Christmas, nearly 30 degrees above the average local high.
Lows in the 30s are expected to return on Tuesday.
Once the snowflakes ultimately begin to fall, local residents can take advantage of groomed cross country ski trails throughout the county parks system. Cross country skiing and snowshoeing are offered at Pringle Nature Center, 9800 160th Ave., in Bristol.
“Don’t let a little bit of cold weather looming detract away from what our parks have to offer,” Collins said. “We make our parks accessible for all four seasons.”