Peak Bloom Prediction for Cherry Blossoms Finally Announced

IN WASHINGTON, DC— The peak bloom for the cherry blossom trees around the District could be as soon as two weeks from now; this just announced today.

National Mall and Memorial Parks Superintendent Gay Vietzke said the peak bloom is expected between March 14th and March 17th, an unusually early window likely due to this bizarre “dare I say weird” winter that has featured virtually no snow around the area and several days recently with temperatures above 70 degrees.

Per the National Park Service, the most likely time for cherry blossoms to reach peak bloom in D.C. is between the last week of March and the first week of April. The earliest peak bloom on record is March 15, which came in 1990, while the latest is April 18th, which was in 1958.

Last year, peak bloom started March 25, while each of the previous three years it was either April the 9th or April the 10th.  The Green buds began blooming on Feb the 24th, the earliest they have done so since they began blooming on February 19th in 2008.

The NPS also notes it is “almost and nearly impossible” to forecast peak bloom more than 10 days in advance, which, obviously, this particular forecast is.


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