It’s cold. Local temperatures have been consistently dipping down to the low teens or single digits at night, and days have rarely peaked above freezing. The Tidal Basin and Potomac are both frozen and covered in a fresh layer of snow, topped up by a light snowfall overnight.
Cherry Blossom Watch 2014
Updates, with photos, on Washington DC's famous Cherry Blossoms around the Tidal Basin.
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.
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.
After a warm weekend, winter is back. The trees look beautiful covered in snow, but the buds still have a long way to go.
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.
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 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.”
A few days of spring and now back to winter. Strong (and cold) winds have knocked down a large branch from one of the trees.
We have the first signs of green tips coming through as the buds get more pronounced. From a distance, there’s the first hint of the reddish brown tint the trees will get as the buds change color and get larger.
After yet another round of cold, wintry, and snowy weather, the cherry blossoms–along with all the other flowering trees and plants in the area–are still well behind their average schedule. Comparing the photos from this time in 2013, we’re still tracking behind last year.
Because March shaped up to be colder than expected, the Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang have pushed back their peak bloom date prediction by several days.
A small number of trees are just starting to pop. Most of the trees haven’t started yet, but things will start happening quickly now.
We have some movement. And after a surprise winter blast of slushy snow this past weekend, we might finally be getting on with spring.
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.
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.
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.
Spring turned the volume up to 11 today. Clear, sunny, and warm. And the cherry blossoms are putting on quite a show.
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.
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.
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.
Wondering what the cherry trees look like in the fall? Here are some photos.
Welcome to the first Cherry Blossom Watch update for 2014. Here are some new shots of how the trees look currently.