The NPS judged that the Yoshino cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin reached peak bloom on March 23, 2023. They're now done for the year..
We've had a few more warmer days, and the cherry blossoms are coming along. So far, March has started much warmer than normal. But we're about to head into a cooler stretch.
There's a wide spread of progress on the trees around the Tidal Basin. Many of the trees are still in the florets visible stage (stage 2 of 6), but there are also many that are racing well ahead of that into stages 3, 4, and even some close to the puffy white stage (which the stage right before they open and bloom). There's even a (very) small number of trees that have blossoms popping. I've tried to include a variety in the photos below.
It suggests that we might be in store for a slower, drawn-out bloom, at least in the sense of some trees popping well before others.
Today will be relatively warm, which will help progress, but we have some cooler weather coming through at least the rest of the week. That will slow things down a bit.
This map shows what the National Weather Service is predicting for temperatures looking 8 to 14 days ahead. The blue is for temperatures below normal. It is outlooks like this that help explain why peak bloom isn't imminent just yet despite how far along many of the trees are already.
These were all taken this morning. I've included more close-ups than normal in order to show how the trees are at quite different stages at the moment. There are very few blooming, but it's possible to find some. Most of the trees are spread somewhere between the florets visible and peduncle elongation stages.
The Jefferson Memorial is still undergoing renovations. The current phase mainly affects the lower level inside, but there's some fencing and scaffolding at ground level outside. The main rotunda remains open. The exterior renovations to the dome are still looking great!
All roads and parking around the Tidal Basin are currently normal, with no closures yet for the festival.