Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 5, 2014

The National Park Service has issued its first peak bloom forecast for the season, but there's still plenty of snow around the Tidal Basin. The buds are getting more prominent, but they're still wrapped tight.

The National Park Service yesterday issued their first prediction of the season for when they think the cherry blossoms will reach peak bloom: between April 8 and 12.

But in a sign of what a long and cold winter this has been, even as the NPS was talking about the peak bloom, the trees were still covered in snow after another snowstorm on Monday that brought the city to a halt. Temperatures then plummeted to low teens and single digits in the region. In other words, winter isn’t done with us yet.

Today and the next few days are likely to be slightly warmer than we’ve had lately, so the snow is gradually melting.

As you can see from the close-ups below, the buds are still wrapped tight, but they’re becoming more prominent.

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.

Last updated December 31, 2015