The warm temperatures since yesterday afternoon have brought any of the slower cherry blossoms out now. They're looking light and fluffy and beautiful.
It seems increasingly likely that DC will still be under COVID-19 restrictions in spring 2021 while the cherry blossoms are blooming. So it's shaping up to be a good year to follow along from afar from the safety and comfort of your home.
The warm temperatures since yesterday afternoon have brought any of the slower cherry blossoms out now. They’re right around peak; I’d expect the NPS to make the call later today, especially with temperatures climbing into the 80s this afternoon. They’re looking light and fluffy and beautiful.
UPDATE: The NPS horticulturists determined that the cherry blossoms reached peak bloom today, March 20. That’s a very early peak bloom–not surprising, given the unusually warm winter we’ve had–but not quite the earliest on record.
It’s a very mild morning with occasional sun poking through.
I’m posting these photos here not to encourage people to visit in person but rather for the many readers who have sensibly chosen to follow along from afar this year. Health officials strongly recommend avoiding crowded areas and practicing social distancing in order to help contain the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). I’m keeping my own visits brief and making sure to maximize distance to other people at all times. And I will only post updates only when it’s possible for me to do so while still sticking to those recommendations.
So, for all those following along at home, here are some shots of how the cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin today.
The Tidal Basin area remains accessible. Whether it’s a good idea to go is another matter. I’d refer you to the NPS statement that I’ve added to the top of every page (in the yellow box). Metro has closed some of the stations near the Tidal Basin to avoid having people standing around in close quarters on the platforms.
It’s also worth remembering that there are plenty of other areas with cherry blossoms and with far fewer people. National Arboretum remains open and is a very large outdoor space. There are hundreds of trees along East Potomac Park, with hardly any people.
And there are some wonderful books on DC’s cherry blossoms to inspire you for your visit next year, when the trees will be looking wonderful. Here are a some of my favorites:
And if you’re looking for some kids’ activities (I know we are!), there’s a cherry blossom book just for kids:
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Last updated March 20, 2020