Cherry Blossom Watch Update: February 20, 2014

The rest of the planet has had the fourth warmest January on record, while in the eastern half of the United States it has been much colder than average.

For Washington DC, that pattern has continued through most of February. A major snowstorm last week that dumped around 10-12 inches on the region has been followed by a series of smaller snowstorms since. And while we’ve had a break of a few days from the cold weather, the forecast is for it come back through the rest of February.

All that cold weather, stretched over a prolonged period over winter, suggests that the cherry blossoms will probably bloom late this year.

No official peak bloom predictions have been issued yet. Typically the National Park Service issues its first forecast around early March. When on is issued I’ll add it to the 2014 Peak Bloom Forecasts page.

The Tidal Basin is still covered in a layer of ice, although the Potomac has thawed out. And as you can see from the close-ups, there’s not much progress with the buds yet.

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Previous Updates

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2015 Peak Bloom Forecasts

The latest information and forecasts on when Washington DC’s cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin will reach peak bloom in Spring 2015.

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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: April 15, 2014

The cherry blossoms are mostly done now. Most trees have dropped all or nearly all of their petals and are starting to be covered with green leaves. If you go hunting, you can find the occasional tree that’s lagging behind and still has some pink blossoms, but they’re few and far between. But the Kwanzan Cherry Blossoms not far away are just starting to come out.

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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: April 13, 2014

It’s another beautiful spring morning, and the cherry blossoms are still in full bloom. There are more petals on the ground now, and when you look closely you can find green leaves poking through on more branches, but overall the blossoms are still in their prime.

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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: April 11, 2014

The cherry blossoms are looking glorious. They’re in full bloom, and it’ll be prime viewing over the weekend. On some trees, you can spot some of the green leaves poking through, but for the most part they’re covered in beautiful white flowers in their prime.

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NPS Calls Peak Bloom as April 10

The National Park Service this morning judged that 70 percent of the cherry blossoms were open today, making this year’s peak bloom date April 10.

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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: April 9, 2014

It’s a sparkling spring morning down at the Tidal Basin. There’s a bit of a chill in the air and a slight breeze, but otherwise it’s a very pleasant morning. The trees are looking beautiful, and it’ll be prime viewing from today through the weekend.

Japanese Plum Blossoms

The Blossoms at Dumbarton Oaks

The cherry blossoms at Dumbarton Oaks are in the puffy white stage and haven’t yet started opening. But there are some other beautiful trees in bloom there, including Japanese Plum trees and Tulip Magnolias.

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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: April 7, 2014

The National Park Service has decided that as of today 70 percent of the blossoms have reached the “puffy white” stage. And while some trees are white with fully open blossoms, others are still lagging behind.

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New Boat Services to the Cherry Blossoms

There’s a new boat landing point on the bank of the Potomac next to the FDR Memorial, adding a new, scenic option for getting to and from the cherry blossoms.

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