Current 2019 Peak Bloom Forecasts:
National Park Service: April 3-6
Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang: April 1-5
It doesn't feel much like spring this morning. There's plenty of sunshine, but it's cold and breezy, with temperatures starting down in the teens and windchills in single digits.
The Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang issued their initial peak bloom prediction for the 2019 season yesterday. They predict that peak bloom will fall sometime "between April 1 and 5, centered on the 3rd." That's right around the historical average.
The National Park Service will be issuing their peak bloom prediction later this morning. Stay tuned!
UPDATE: The NPS predicts peak bloom to fall between April 3 and 6.
The horticulturalists at the National Park Service determined that Yoshino cherry trees had reached the green bud stage. The Yoshinos are the most numerous and famous variety around the Tidal Basin, and the green bud stage is the first of several stages that are tracked in the lead-up to the bloom. They're behind where they were this time last year, but the weather over coming weeks can speed things up or slow things down quite dramatically.
How It Looks Today
Here are some shots taken earlier this morning.
Where to Stay for the Cherry Blossoms?
If you're visiting from out of town and looking for ideas on where to stay, I've put together some suggestions here.
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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