Every spring, nearly 1,700 Cherry Blossom trees lining Washington DC’s Tidal Basin burst into color in a beautiful display of floral fireworks. But the peak bloom period lasts only a few days, and precisely when it happens varies each year. This site brings together information about visiting the cherry blossoms and Washington DC, peak bloom forecasts, and up-to-date photos so that you can plan your own visit or follow along from afar.
The Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang have issued their first cherry blossom peak bloom forecast for the season: “most likely between April 7 and April 11, centered on April 9.”
The National Park Service has issued its first peak bloom forecast for the season, but there’s still plenty of snow around the Tidal Basin. The buds are getting more prominent, but they’re still wrapped tight.
The National Park Service has this morning issued the season’s first prediction for when the cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin will reach peak bloom this year.
After a warm weekend, winter is back. The trees look beautiful covered in snow, but the buds still have a long way to go.
Cold weather is keeping the cherry blossom buds safely tucked away, and the long period of colder-than-average temperatures suggests the cherry blossoms will bloom late this year.
It’s still cold. There’s still a layer of ice covering much of the Tidal Basin. And the weather forecast for the coming week is still very much a winter forecast. In other words, there’s still a ways to go before we start seeing some cherry blossom action.
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About the Cherry Blossoms
The latest information and forecasts on when Washington DC’s cherry blossoms will reach peak bloom in 2014.
The short answer is that there’s no easy answer. On average, the peak bloom occurs sometime around the last week or so of March through the first week or so of April. But precisely when during that period varies year to year. So here’s the longer version.
So what exactly is “peak bloom” anyway? When does it happen? And does it matter? Glad you asked.
Cherry Blossom Photography Tips
The sun can be a very dramatic addition to your photos of Washington DC’s cherry blossoms.
Crowds are an integral part of Washington DC’s cherry blossom season. But there are ways you can avoid them and still see flowers.
The cherry blossoms looks great during the day, but there are also photographic opportunities at night.