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2018 Cherry Blossom Peak Bloom Forecasts

The latest information and forecasts on when Washington DC's cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin will reach peak bloom in…

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Cherry Blossom Watch Update / Kwanzan Edition: April 22, 2018

The Kwanzan cherry blossoms near the Tidal Basin and East Potomac Park are now coming into full bloom.

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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: April 16, 2018

The cherry blossoms are essentially done now. You can still find some flowers on the trees, but the trees are…

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Reader Photos 2018 | Part 4

These are some of the beautiful photos of 2018’s bloom of the cherry blossoms that were submitted by Cherry Blossom…

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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: April 13, 2018

The cherry blossom snow is coming down more steadily now as petals get knocked off in the breeze. The trees…

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Reader Photos 2018 | Part 3

These are some of the beautiful photos of 2018’s bloom of the cherry blossoms that were submitted by Cherry Blossom…

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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: April 12, 2018

A week after peak bloom the cherry blossoms are still looking very pretty, but if you look up close you…

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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: April 11, 2018

Petals are starting to come off, but for now it’s a very gentle pace. The cold weather has slowed development…

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Reader Photos 2018 | Part 2

These are some of the beautiful photos of 2018’s bloom of the cherry blossoms that were submitted by Cherry Blossom…

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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: April 10, 2018

The cherry blossoms are still going strong and looking lovely. Some light showers overnight didn't have much effect, and the…

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Reader Photos 2018 | Part 1

These are some of the beautiful photos of 2018’s bloom of the cherry blossoms that were submitted by Cherry Blossom…

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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: April 9, 2018

The cherry blossoms are still holding up well and looking beautiful. You have to look closely to see that they're…

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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: April 8, 2018

Despite a chilly breeze, this morning at the Tidal Basin is quite spectacular, and the cherry blossoms are looking fluffy…

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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: April 7, 2018

The snow and rain have mostly been no-shows. It's cold and breezy, but the trees are doing just fine.

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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: April 6, 2018

The weather is dull and kind of dreary, but the trees are still looking beautiful.

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NPS Says the Cherry Blossoms Reached Peak Bloom Today, April 5

The NPS determined that the cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin reached peak bloom today, April 5. Peak bloom is…

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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: April 5, 2018

The rain and wind yesterday barely grazed the cherry blossoms, and they're currently in their prime.

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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: April 4, 2018

The cherry blossoms are in full bloom now. While not every tree is fully out, most are. They're on track…

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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: April 3, 2018

The blossoms themselves are shaping up nicely for later in the week. Many of them are in full bloom now,…

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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: April 2, 2018

Sunny and warm conditions through the weekend brought more flowers out, and they're looking lovely as they move into full…

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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 31, 2018

If you head down to the Tidal Basin this weekend you won’t have any trouble whatsoever finding cherry blossoms out.…

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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 29, 2018

It’s now getting much easier to find at least a few blossoms coming out. Quite a few of the trees…

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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 26, 2018

The slow trickle continues. It's becoming a little easier to find some scattered flowers out this morning, but most of…

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Peak Bloom Predictions Revised Again

Both the National Park Service and the *Washington Post*'s Capital Weather today revised their peak bloom predictions, pushing them back…

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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 23, 2018

Ever so slowly we're starting to see some movement. The snow has gone, and there are more flowers just gradually…

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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 21, 2018

It has been snowing steadily, and there's a layer of wet, slushy snow around the Tidal Basin. But it's not…

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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 19, 2018

There's not much new on the trees since yesterday, but I've been getting a lot of questions about things like…

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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 18, 2018

It's shaping up as a sparkling spring day, but unfortunately there aren't many cherry blossoms to see yet.

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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 15, 2018

Progress has been brought to a crawl by the cool temperatures. If you look very closely, they are making headway,…

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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 12, 2018

There's been steady progress, but with the continuing cool temperatures it has been slow. There are some flowers starting to…

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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 8, 2018

There's been some progress, but it's at a gentle pace in these cool temperatures. The indicator tree is just starting…

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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 3, 2018

The cherry trees around the Tidal Basin have emerged mostly unscathed from the very strong winds we saw yesterday.

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National Park Service has Announced their First Peak Bloom Prediction for 2018

The experts at the National Park Service has issued their initial peak bloom prediction for 2018: March 17-20.

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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 1, 2018

Around the Tidal Basin, the buds are clearly making progress. And, as usual, the so-called indicator tree is marching ahead…

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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: February 27, 2018

The National Park Service determined that 70 percent of the buds had reached the "Green Buds" stage on February 25.…

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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: February 25, 2018

It has been soggy and foggy but still warmer than average. More of the green buds are starting to come…

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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: February 21, 2018

The green buds are just starting to poke through, and unusually warm weather is coaxing out some of the area's…

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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: February 14, 2018

There's not much to see on the trees yet, but things will start picking up in coming weeks. The National…

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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: January 31, 2018

The short version is that there's still not much to report. The cherry trees are still in their winter mode…

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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: January 19, 2018

The first update in the 2018 Cherry Blossom Watch! For now, the Tidal Basin is covered in ice and there's…

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2018 National Cherry Blossom Festival

The 2018 National Cherry Blossom Festival will be held March 20 through April 15. The Cherry Blossom Parade is scheduled…

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Reader Photos 2017 | Part 3

This is the final installment of reader photos for this year. Thanks to all who shared their beautiful photos!

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Reader Photos 2017 | Part 2

This is part 2 of the reader photos for the 2017 bloom.

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Reader Photos 2017 | Part 1

Here are some great photos of 2017’s bloom of the cherry blossoms that were submitted by Cherry Blossom Watch readers.…

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Cherry Blossom Watch Update / Kwanzan Edition: April 4, 2017

The Kwanzan cherry blossoms are close to blooming, and warm temperatures in coming days will coax more and more of…

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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: April 4, 2017

The cherry blossoms are on their last legs now, but there are still some holdouts with plenty of flowers.

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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 31, 2017

The cherry blossoms are past their prime now and well on their way out. The persistent rain is knocking a…

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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 29, 2017

They're still going strong, and with the sun finally coming out it's a gorgeous spring day at the Tidal Basin.

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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 28, 2017

Now that we're at three days after the peak bloom day, the cherry blossoms are turning pink and still looking…

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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 26, 2017

The cherry blossoms reached peak bloom yesterday. As expected, the bloom this year is a little more subdued than usual…

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Cherry Blossom Watch Update / Kwanzan Edition: March 26, 2017

The Kwanzans are now showing green buds, the first of the visible development stages. Warm weather over coming weeks will…

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NPS Says that DC's Cherry Blossoms Reached Peak Bloom Today: March 25

The NPS said this afternoon that the cherry blossoms reached peak bloom today, March 25. Peak bloom is when at…

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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 25, 2017

They're looking great this morning, and they'll look even better as the weekend warms up and coaxes even more blossoms…

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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 24, 2017

They're looking good now and will look better and better each day through at least the weekend.

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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 23, 2017

Some of them are blooming fully now. Most of them need a kick of warmth for them to catch up.

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Using Drones at the Tidal Basin

If you're tempted to take photos or video of the cherry blossoms from a drone--or indeed anywhere nearby--don't do it.…

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Parking for the Cherry Blossoms

If driving remains your best option, here are a few ideas on where to park when going to the cherry…

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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 22, 2017

They're not yet in full bloom, but they've taken a big step in that direction in the past 24 hours.…

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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 21, 2017

The cherry blossoms are finally coming out to play, and it looks like it's shaping up to look better than…

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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 20, 2017

It's a beautiful morning to kick off spring, and more cherry blossoms are starting to come out as they head…

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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 19, 2017

The cherry blossoms are gearing up for another attempt at the bloom. There are flowers starting to come out, but…

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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 18, 2017

No new photos today, but some useful information came in late yesterday about the NPS's take on where things stand.

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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 17, 2017

That should be the last of the very cold nights, at least for a while. Things are now warming up…

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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 16, 2017

Where there should be white and pink there's now a lot of brown. Many of the ones that were in…

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Cherry Blossom Watch / Kwanzan Edition: March 16, 2017

The Kwanzan cherry blossoms are much earlier in their development and look to be riding out the cold snap comfortably.

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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 15, 2017

They're taking a beating now and damage is becoming more widespread. While there's still a good number soldiering on, it's…

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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 14, 2017

The cherry blossoms don't seem to be able to catch a break. As if freezing temperatures weren't enough to deal…

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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 13, 2017

Not much change since yesterday. Another cold night. Some of the blossoms are clearly struggling and succumbing to the freezing…

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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 12, 2017

It's still cold, with much more to come. While most of the cherry blossoms are still hanging in there, more…

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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 11, 2017

So far, so good. There's not a lot of visual evidence of damage from the cold temperatures yet, but it's…

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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 10, 2017

Many of the trees are a few warm days away from full bloom. But we're not going to be getting…

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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 9, 2017

As expected, the warm weather yesterday coaxed a few more flowers out. It's still not many, but more trees have…

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NPS Revises Peak Bloom Forecast: Now March 19-22

Late this afternoon the NPS revised their peak bloom prediction. Colder than expected temperatures forecast for the next week have…

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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 8, 2017

A few more trees have started popping their first flowers, although it's still only very few in terms of the…

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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 7, 2017

The cool weather of the past few days brought things to a crawl, but now that we're entering a warmer…

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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 6, 2017

After a chilly weekend, there's not much change in the trees. A small handful of trees are still flowering, while…

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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 3, 2017

A small handful of trees are starting to flower, but most of them still have some work to do. But…

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Sunrise and Sunset Times at the Tidal Basin | March 2017

If you're heading down to take photos of the cherry blossoms at sunrise or sunset, here are the times for…

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Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang Have Posted their First Peak Bloom Prediction for 2017

The Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang has issued their first peak bloom prediction for 2017: sometime between March 15 and…

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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: February 28, 2017

There's going to be a flurry of activity over the coming days, with new peak bloom predictions and the trees…

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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: February 27, 2017

There's been noticeable development on many of the trees, and the first flowers are even starting to pop on the…

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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: February 24, 2017

It's still warm, warm, warm. And most of the trees now have green buds coming through.

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Climate Change and the Cherry Blossoms

The National Park Service has put together a video on the topic of how climate change affects Washington DC's cherry…

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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: February 20, 2017

It certainly feels like spring, with warm temperatures and clear skies. And it's starting to look like spring too, with…

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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: February 13, 2017

It's sunny and windy. The warmer than normal temperatures we're still seeing--and expect to see for a while yet--continue to…

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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: February 6, 2017

It feels like spring today, with blue skies, warm sun, and still conditions. And it continues the trend of above-average…

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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: January 30, 2017

We had a little snow last night. Just enough to be pretty without causing any headaches. But with January closing…

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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: January 21, 2017

There's not much new to report since the last update, although temperatures have remained warmer than normal, and it looks…

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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: January 16, 2017

There's not much to see yet, and it's been a fairly unremarkable winter, but we're now starting to head into…

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Cherry Blossoms in November?

Yes, it happens, even as the leaves are turning reddish-brown and falling off. There are several autumn-blooming cherry trees around…

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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: Fall 2016 Edition

The cherry trees around the Tidal Basin are also looking very colorful at the moment, but not in the way…

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Cherry Blossom Watch Update (Kwanzan Edition): April 16, 2016

The Kwanzan cherry blossoms along East Potomac Park, Hains Point, near the George Mason Memorial, and the FDR Memorial are…

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Cherry Blossom Watch Update (Kwanzan Edition): April 9, 2016

Thanks to the wintry weather we've had recently, most of the Kwanzan cherry blossoms still aren't blooming.

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Cherry Blossom Watch Update (Kwanzan Edition): April 7, 2016

The Kwanzan cherry blossoms around East Potomac Park and the FDR Memorial haven't fully popped yet, but it's possible to…

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Reader Photos 2016 // Part 2

Photos of 2016's bloom of the cherry blossoms that were submitted by Cherry Blossom Watch Readers. Part 2 of 2.

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Reader Photos 2016 // Part 1

Photos of 2016's bloom of the cherry blossoms that were submitted by Cherry Blossom Watch Readers. Part 1 of 2.

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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: April 2, 2016

The cherry blossoms are mostly done now. There are a few late stragglers still hanging on despite the rain, but…

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The Floral Library

Consisting mostly of several varieties of colorful tulips, the Floral Library is located at the northeast corner of the Tidal…

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Cherry Blossom Watch Update: April 1, 2016

There are still flowers on the trees, even if they're well past their prime. At least there are until the…

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Ultra-High Resolution Panorama of the Cherry Blossoms at the Tidal Basin

An ultra-high resolution 3-gigapixel panorama of Washington DC's Tidal Basins with the cherry blossoms in bloom.

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