Current Cherry Blossom Peak Bloom Predictions for 2018:
- National Park Service: March 27-31
- Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang: March 30 - April 3
You can find more information on the peak bloom forecasts page.
The past couple of days have been very soggy and foggy. And while temperatures haven’t been anywhere near the scorchers we saw last week (well, scorchers for February), it has still been consistently warmer than normal. As we near the end of February, we’re tracking 6° above average for the month. The National Weather Service is currently predicting that March will begin around average temperatures but get colder a week or so in.
On the trees, more of the green buds are starting to come through. There are still a lot more to go, but the progress is getting much easier to see visually now.
National Park Service Peak Bloom Prediction
The NPS will be announcing their initial peak bloom prediction for the season at a press conference on March 1. Stay tuned–I’ll have updates here.
March for Our Lives Rally
The March for Our Lives rally on gun control is scheduled for March 24, 2018, coinciding with the first week of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.
Organizers are planning for up to 500,000 attendees. While DC handles big events in its stride, it’s likely to create a lot of competition for hotel rooms that weekend. So if you’re planning to come into town then, it’s probably best to book sooner rather than later.
For Photographers: Gear Rental
It’s starting to be a good time to plan for the gear you want to use to capture the spectacle. I’ll be posting some more specific photography tips and recommendations as we head into the bloom.
If you’re looking to rent some gear, whether something specialized or just to try out something different, I can recommend both BorrowLenses and Lens Pro to Go. They’re the ones I typically use when I need something specific for a client shoot or am just curious about trying something out. Lens Pro to Go currently has 15% to 25% off through March.
For local options, Ace Photo, District Camera, and f8 Rentals also offer rental gear, although their selections are often not as extensive as the big online places. And if you’re shooting video, DC Camera’s offerings are worth a look.
Photos from this Morning
Some of the area’s other spring flowers are starting to come out. I haven’t come across any daffodils out yet, but there are buds that are definitely getting close. Here are a couple of shots taken this morning; there are some more in the update from last week.
How to Get Updates on the 2018 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 details and include more current photos than the other options. 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.
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 2018 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.
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.
RSS. RSS feed
Books on DC's Cherry Blossoms
If you're looking for books specifically on DC's cherry blossoms for yourself or as a gift for someone, these two are my favorites.
- Ann McClellan
- Publisher: National Geographic