Welcome to the 2019 Cherry Blossom Watch!
It's still too early when the bloom will be this year, and no predictions have been issued yet. The National Park Service and Washington Post forecasts typically come around the beginning of March.
It's still very early, and there's plenty of time for things to change, but so far winter temperatures have been above normal. December averaged nearly 4 degrees above normal, and a warm start to this morning has helped January so far to be tracking about 6 degrees above normal. Looking ahead a week or two, the National Weather Service is predicting things to cool down quite a bit. For a bit more context, here are how temperatures tracked relative to peak bloom for the past several years:
|December||January||February||March||Peak Bloom Date|
|2018-19||+3.8||+1.2||+3.9 (as of Feb 19)|
ˤ = partial month, in progress
* = up until peak bloom
Over the past few days winter finally arrived with the first big snowstorm of the season (although we did have an inch or two of snow back in November, too). The photos on this page were taken yesterday after it had been snowing pretty steadily since the previous evening. By the time the snow finished about 8-10 hours later, the measurement station at DCA, the airport right across the Potomac about a mile from the Tidal Basin had measured 10.3 inches. Areas just slightly north had measured up to 12 inches.
There's not going to be much to report for a while, but I'll be checking in from the Tidal Basin from time to time in the coming weeks. And if there's anything new to report, I'll post an update. In the meantime, though, we'll have to see how the rest of the winter plays out. And, as always, I keep the peak bloom forecasts page updated with the latest predictions. So stay tuned!
How It Looks
These were all taken yesterday (January 13).
Want to Help Support DC's Cherry Trees?
If you'd like to help support the care and upkeep of the cherry trees around the Tidal Basin, the Trust for The National Mall has launched an Endow a Cherry Tree Campaign. Donations go to the official Cherry Tree Endowment, which will give the National Park Service additional resources to fund the care, maintenance, and possible replacement of the cherry trees. You can find more information here.
The Trust is dedicated to marshaling private support for maintaining and improving the history National Mall area. I'm not affiliated with the Trust--just an admirer of their efforts.
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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