Cherry Blossom Watch Update: April 4, 2014

A small number of trees are just starting to pop. Most of the trees haven’t started yet, but things will start happening quickly now.

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It's still too early to guess with much confidence when the 2023 bloom will be. But we've seen a much-warmer-than-normal January, and long-range forecasts suggest above-average temperatures continuing as we get deeper into February (after a short very cold spurt at the beginning of the month).

On average, Washington DC's cherry blossoms bloom around late-March into early April, but the precise timing varies year to year depending on the local temperatures in the leadup to the bloom. You can find general information on the 2023 bloom to help plan your visit here.

A small number of trees are just starting to pop. Most of the trees haven't started yet, but things will start happening quickly now.

Not all the trees are on exactly the same schedule, and the differences in timing from tree to tree are now getting more obvious. If you go hunting, you can find a handful of cherry trees (and other varieties) that are in bloom. More common are trees that have only a small number of flowers starting to come out. Most of the trees don't yet have flowers out. But each day now more and more trees will start to bloom into the white puffy stage.

And now that we've been able to string a few warmer days together, daffodils are starting to come out all over the place, as are the Tulip Magnolias.

The weekend weather is shaping up nicely.

If you go head down to the Tidal Basin Sunday morning, you'll have to contend with extensive road closures around the Tidal Basin, Hains Point, and Memorial Bridge for the Cherry Blossom 10-miler. Here's a map of the road closures.

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Tulip Magnolias
Tulip Magnolias

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Tulip Magnolias
Tulip Magnolias

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Tulip Magnolias
Tulip Magnolias

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