The cherry blossoms are losing their petals quickly now, and today's rain will help speed the process along.
After three days of picture-perfect weather that coincided with the cherry blossoms in their prime, the rain is back. With yesterday’s wind and today’s rain, there’s a blanket of cherry blossom “snow” on the ground as the petals a steadily coming off.
As of this morning, the trees are looking beautiful, but they’re well on the path out now as the millions (or billions?) of petals fall off the trees, to be replaced by green leaves over the coming days. Spend any time standing under the trees and you’ll get petals all over you. The falling of the petals will accelerate today as the rain gets heavier and knocks more and more petals off. How much will be left to see tomorrow is anyone’s guess, but they’ll mostly be long gone by the weekend.
If you go down today, it’s one for the full wet weather gear. As of this morning, the traffic restrictions on Ohio Drive are still in effect, but the need for them has mostly gone. Yesterday was jam-packed, but it was very quiet down there this morning with only a half dozen or so cars. Most of the people around the Tidal Basin were joggers.
These photos taken early this morning give you a sense of what you can expect to see if you go today. As the day goes on–along with the rain–more and more petals will come off the trees.
The Kwanzan cherry blossoms, which are nearby in East Potomac Park, still have a way to go before flowering properly. Typically they bloom about 12 days after the Yoshinos around the Tidal Basin. Based on that, we can expect them to reach peak sometime around April 22. Here’s how they were looking this morning, and I have information on how to find them here.
Last updated February 10, 2016