Cherry Blossom Watch Update: January 29, 2014

It’s cold. Local temperatures have been consistently dipping down to the low teens or single digits at night, and days have rarely peaked above freezing. The Tidal Basin and Potomac are both frozen and covered in a fresh layer of snow, topped up by a light snowfall overnight.

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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 cold. Local temperatures have been consistently dipping down to the low teens or single digits at night, and days have rarely peaked above freezing. The Tidal Basin and Potomac are both frozen and covered in a fresh layer of snow, topped up by a light snowfall overnight.

Like large sections of the country, it has been a cold winter so far. For the Washington DC region it has been the coldest January in decades.

Sustained cold temperatures through winter and early spring generally mean a later bloom of the cherry blossoms. But it's still possible for it turn around if February and early March are unusually warm.

This is looking directly across the Tidal Basin. Cold temperatures have frozen the Tidal Basin (and the Potomac), and fresh snowfall now covers the ice.
This is looking directly across the Tidal Basin. Cold temperatures have frozen the Tidal Basin (and the Potomac), and fresh snowfall now covers the ice.
The snow in the background is actually on top of the ice of the Tidal Basin. Normally the background would just be water.
The snow in the background is actually on top of the ice of the Tidal Basin. Normally the background would just be water.
Looking across the Tidal Basin itself, which is covered in layers of ice and snow.
Looking across the Tidal Basin itself, which is covered in layers of ice and snow.
You can see some of the exposed ice next to the retaining wall.
You can see some of the exposed ice next to the retaining wall.

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