Cherry Blossom Watch Update: April 4, 2013

Latest update on how Washington DC's famous Cherry Blossoms are doing as of April 4, 2013, with fresh photos taken this morning.

The National Park Service has this morning revised its forecast to April 6-8 due to cooler temperatures. They judge that 70 percent of the trees have reached the puffy white stage as of today, April 4.

On the ground, there’s not much new to report–just incremental progress. It was cold overnight–dipping down to the 20s and 30s in the area, with Dulles reporting a low of 22. That’s not doing much to help things along.

There are a few more blossoms out, but it’s still a very small proportion of the total and you really have to look for them. Some more trees are heading into the puffy white stage. The vast majority of trees have some work to do before we see flowers.

A reader sent a tip that the magnolias in the gardens of the Smithsonian Castle are in bloom and looking beautiful, so head over that way if you get a chance.

Last updated June 28, 2016

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  • I am so grateful for your coverage of the blossoms. I am planning to come tomorrow with my husband and grandson. I am unsure after seeing your photos today. I hope the weather warms up and they explode by Sunday, when we plan to leave. Thanks again for your work.