Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 25, 2013

Snow! We got some very wet snow overnight into the morning. It’s unusual for DC to get snow this late, and particularly for this winter, which has been well below average in terms of snowfall.

It’s just a little too warm around the Tidal Basin for much of it to stick, so we’ve ended up with a very soggy half inch or so. Just across the Potomac, in Arlington, we got about 3 inches of accumulation, but melting has well and truly set in by the afternoon.

The snow won’t do any harm to the cherry blossoms–there wasn’t enough on the trees to break branches. And the National Park Service said today that the snow and recent wintry weather doesn’t change their forecast–they’re sticking with April 3-6. As it happens, the colder temperatures can bring a benefit: they can help prolong the blooming period.

On the trees, the florets are starting to extend.

This week is spring break for a lot of schools, so the school groups are out in force at the memorials. But the wintry weather is keeping most others away.

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The latest information and forecasts on when Washington DC’s cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin will reach peak bloom in Spring 2014.

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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.

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