Peak Bloom Reached on March 28
The National Park Service has restricted traffic and parking around the Tidal Basin and added fences around the perimeter. There is pedestrian access for now, but they've said they're prepared to close the area entirely if it gets too crowded.
You can find the most recent photos from the Tidal Basin here.
The cherry blossoms are still going strong and looking beautiful. Yesterday’s wind didn’t affect them much. It’s only when you look at them up very close that you can see that they’re just starting to get that papery look as they start moving past their prime. They’ll start getting more fragile each day now, but for now, they’re looking wonderful.
There are naturally a lot of questions about how long they’ll last. It’s always hard to say with much confidence because so much depends on the weather. In the wrong conditions (windy, wet, and warm), they can be gone in as little as 5-6 days. In the right conditions (cool, calm, and dry), they can last up to two weeks or so. More often, it’s somewhere in the middle. You can see some visual examples using photos from past years on a timeline relative to peak bloom here.
Rain and wind are forecast in the next day or two, and while that’s not helpful, the odds are good that there’ll still be plenty to see later in the week and into the weekend, even if they’re well past their prime by then.
It was a lovely spring morning–cool, calm, and sunny. There were more people out this morning, but it’s still well below the numbers you get in a non-pandemic year. So far, the NPS has been able to keep the Tidal Basin open to pedestrian traffic.
Here are some photos taken this morning.
In related news, the cherry blossoms in Kyoto, Japan, reached peak on the earliest date in 1,200 years. The next earliest date on record was back in 1409. And the records go back to A.D. 812. There have been early outliers before, but since the 1800s there’s been a steady trend of earlier and earlier blooms.