2023 Peak Bloom
The NPS judged that the Yoshino cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin reached peak bloom on March 23, 2023. They're now done for the year..
The NPS said this afternoon that we reached peak bloom today, March 25. Peak bloom marks when at least 70 percent of the trees are blooming. (I have a more detailed explanation of what peak bloom means here.)
Hats off to the Washington Post‘s Capital Weather Gang. They nailed it with their first and only prediction that it would fall between March 24 and 28.
The NPS was a bit more unsteady with their forecasts this year, initially saying March 31 to April 3, then revising it to March 18 to 23, and then revising it again to a period beginning March 23 to 24.
You can find more background on the 2016 peak bloom forecasts here.
And I have a photo timeline that shows what to expect in the days following peak bloom.