There are some early green buds starting to poke through on some of the cherry trees around the Tidal Basin, the area's daffodils are coming out, as are some of the apricot blossoms and other early-spring flowering fruit trees.
It seems increasingly likely that DC will still be under COVID-19 restrictions in spring 2021 while the cherry blossoms are blooming. So it's shaping up to be a good year to follow along from afar from the safety and comfort of your home.
There are some early green buds starting to poke through on some of the cherry trees around the Tidal Basin, the area’s daffodils are coming out, as are some of the apricot blossoms and other early-spring flowering fruit trees.
It has been cooler the past few days, but February is still averaging well above normal, and it looks like that will continue through the rest of the month and into March.
All indications at the moment suggest that DC’s cherry blossoms will bloom early this year. There’s always some uncertainty, because an Arctic blast coming in and settling over us can slow things down dramatically. But I’ve not yet heard any suggestions of that happening anytime soon.
The earliest bloom of DC’s cherry blossoms is March 15 (in 1990). Whether that record is under threat should become clearer over the next couple of weeks as the peak bloom forecasts are announced.
The topic of how climate change is affecting the cherry blossoms has been coming up a lot lately. A few years ago, the National Park Service put together a very interesting video on the effects of climate change on DC’s cherry blossoms.
Here are a few shots that I took this morning to give an idea of how it’s currently looking at the Tidal Basin.
There’s a small cluster of apricot and other flowering fruit trees just across the street behind the MLK Memorial, in an area called Ash Woods, next to the DC World War I Memorial. These photos were taken there this morning.
Elsewhere near the Tidal Basin: