Cherry Blossom Watch Update: February 8, 2014

It’s still cold. There’s still a layer of ice covering much of the Tidal Basin. And the weather forecast for the coming week is still very much a winter forecast. In other words, there’s still a ways to go before we start seeing some cherry blossom action.

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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.

It's still cold. Although the layer of snow has gone for now, there's still a layer of ice covering much of the Tidal Basin. And the weather forecast for the coming week is still very much a winter forecast–temperatures below average and a series of possible snow/rain/ice/sleet events. In other words, there's still a ways to go before we start seeing some cherry blossom action.

On the back of a colder than average December and January, unless it gets much warmer soon and stays that way, it's looking like the bloom might be on the later side this year. That said, it's still too early to make any reliable predictions.

It's a cold, overcast, wintry day. This grove is over by the lantern and is near some of the oldest of the trees.
It's a cold, overcast, wintry day. This grove is over by the lantern and is near some of the oldest of the trees.

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These are some of the oldest of the cherry blossoms trees, some of which are now over a century old. I often use these trees for the updates so that we have a common frame of reference.
These are some of the oldest of the cherry blossoms trees, some of which are now over a century old. I often use these trees for the updates so that we have a common frame of reference.

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The snow has gone, but there's still a layer of ice on a lot of the Tidal Basin. But with a few days of warmer weather in the past week the ice doesn't look to be as solid as it was (but I'm not about to test it...)
The snow has gone, but there's still a layer of ice on a lot of the Tidal Basin. But with a few days of warmer weather in the past week the ice doesn't look to be as solid as it was (but I'm not about to test it…)
There's still not much to see in the way of buds developing.
There's still not much to see in the way of buds developing.

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