Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 14, 2019

The buds on the cherry trees are making slow but steady progress. They still have some work to do, and they're still quite far behind where they were this time last year, but a couple of very warm days today and tomorrow will help move things along a little.

The cherry tree buds are making slow but steady progress. They still have some work to do, and they’re still quite far behind where they were this time last year, but a couple of very warm days today and tomorrow will help move things along a little.

There haven’t been any updates to the initial peak bloom predictions, so the original ones still stand.

Elsewhere around town, more daffodils are being coaxed out. And the first magnolia buds are starting to pop, although there’s still a ways until they’re in full bloom. I’ll be keeping an eye on those over the coming week or two and including them in the updates when I can.

Temperatures

Temperatures play a crucial role in the timing of the cherry blossom bloom. Warmer-than-normal temperatures bring them out earlier; cooler-than-normal temperatures bring them out later.

Here’s how the pattern looks on a day-by-day basis so far this year. The blue line represents daily averages since the beginning of December; the red line represents the historical averages.

And here’s how that translates into monthly averages:

  • March: -3.2° (as of March 14)
  • February: +3.2°
  • January: +1.2°
  • December: +3.8°

How it Looks at the Tidal Basin Today

It’s warm and nice, but there’s not much in the way of spring colors yet.

The Japanese Pagoda.

The MLK Memorial.

Last updated March 14, 2019

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  • Thank you for all your advice and ideas! So easy to follow! We even booked a trip based on your recommendations and prospective bloom dates!

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