We’re still stuck in a cool and breezy weather pattern. Apparently there may even be the occasional stray snow flurry around the area later today when the clouds move in.
The NPS arborists judged that 70 percent of the florets were extended as of March 26. As you can see from the photos, some of the trees are a bit further along than others as they head into the peduncle elongation stage. That will be followed by the puffy white stage, which is when we start getting out first glimpses of the actual petals. (The pink you can see in the photos isn’t the petals–they start white–it’s a protective layer around them.) You can see examples of each stage here.