Current 2019 Peak Bloom Forecasts:
National Park Service: April 3-6
Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang: April 1-5
The cherry blossom buds are still wrapped tight for winter, but there are some other scattered signs of spring popping up around the area. Some of the earliest apricot blossoms and other flowering fruit trees are just starting to show some flowers, and there's even the occasional daffodil trying to get a jump start.
Temperatures for February are still averaging a few degrees above normal, continuing a trend we've seen through the winter. You can see the trend on a day-by-day basis on this chart. The blue line represents daily averages since the beginning of December; the red line represents the historical averages. As you can see, despite some pretty wild swings, overall the blue line has been above the red line more than below it.
And here's how that translates into monthly averages:
- February: +3.9 (as of Feb. 18)
- January: +1.2°
- December: +3.8°
If that continues, it suggests an earlier bloom. Of course, there's still plenty of time for mother nature to send cold air our way and slow things down.
Looking ahead for the next couple of weeks, the National Weather Service is expecting slightly higher-than-normal temperatures continuing, although it looks like it might turn colder as we start into March.
Peak Bloom Forecasts
There aren't any peak bloom forecasts issued just yet, but the first ones should start coming out in a couple of weeks.
As always, you can find up-to-date information on the latest forecasts on the 2019 peak bloom predictions page.
At the Tidal Basin
Here's how it was looking yesterday.
Early Spring Flowers
Some of the other flowering fruit trees are just starting to show the first flowers. These photos were taken of a couple of trees next to the DC World War I Memorial, just across the street from the Tidal Basin. For now, each has only a few flowers starting to show, but a few warm days will bring out many more.
Where to Stay for the Cherry Blossoms?
If you're visiting from out of town and looking for ideas on where to stay, I've put together some suggestions here.
How to Get Updates on the 2019 Cherry Blossoms
There are several ways to keep up to date with Cherry Blossom Watch updates.
CherryBlossomWatch.com This website is Cherry Blossom Watch HQ. New updates post here first. They're also more detailed and include more current photos than the other options below. So be sure to bookmark and check back often. If you'd like to receive instant automatic notifications directly from the website when new updates are posted, take a look at the browser notification option below.
Instagram. Follow the dedicated Instagram feed at @cherryblossomwatch. The posts are usually shorter and less detailed, but they include freshly taken photos and post more quickly. (And, if you're interested, you can also follow my main travel photography account at @havecamerawilltraveldc.)
Facebook. Follow the Cherry Blossom Watch Facebook page. This is a good way to know when new updates are posted on the website, but because of the way Facebook's newsfeed algorithm works, there's no guarantee that every update will show up in your feed.
Email Newsletter. To the right of the page (or bottom, if you're using a mobile device) you can find a signup form for the 2019 cherry blossom watch email newsletter. This is sent out as a digest of the latest updates every week or so when new updates have been posted. Please note that the email lists do not carry over year to year, so even if you signed up in 2018 you'll still need to sign up again for the 2019 list.
Browser Notifications. On desktop web browsers you can click on the red bell icon at the bottom right of the screen to sign up for push notifications. When new updates are posted you'll get a notification automatically right in your browser. Works in Chrome, Safari, and Firefox only, for now.
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