The first update in the 2018 Cherry Blossom Watch! For now, the Tidal Basin is covered in ice and there’s nothing to see in terms of bud development. It’s still too early to have any real idea of when the cherry blossoms will reach peak bloom in 2018, but here’s a rundown of where things stand.
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The Kwanzan cherry blossoms are coming into full bloom now and looking lovely.
This is the final installment of reader photos for this year. Thanks to all who shared their beautiful photos!
This is part 2 of the reader photos for the 2017 bloom.
Here are some great photos of 2017’s bloom of the cherry blossoms that were submitted by Cherry Blossom Watch readers. This is part 1.
The Kwanzan cherry blossoms are close to blooming, and warm temperatures in coming days will coax more and more of them out over the next couple of weeks.
The cherry blossoms are on their last legs now, but there are still some holdouts with plenty of flowers.
The cherry blossoms are past their prime now and well on their way out. The persistent rain is knocking a lot of petals off, but there are still plenty of petals left on the trees.
They’re still going strong, and with the sun finally coming out it’s a gorgeous spring day at the Tidal Basin.
Now that we’re at three days after the peak bloom day, the cherry blossoms are turning pink and still looking great, but they’re also becoming fragile. The rain is knocking petals off and blanketing the ground with cherry blossom snow.
The cherry blossoms reached peak bloom yesterday. As expected, the bloom this year is a little more subdued than usual simply because it’s firing with only half its usual firepower. Despite that, though, they’re putting on a beautiful show. Over the next few days the blossoms will gradually go from white to a pale pink.
The Kwanzans are now showing green buds, the first of the visible development stages. Warm weather over coming weeks will wake them up and speed things up a bit.
The NPS said this afternoon that the cherry blossoms reached peak bloom today, March 25. Peak bloom is when at least 70 percent of the blossoms are open.
They’re looking great this morning, and they’ll look even better as the weekend warms up and coaxes even more blossoms out.
They’re looking good now and will look better and better each day through at least the weekend.
Some of them are blooming fully now. Most of them need a kick of warmth for them to catch up.
They’re not yet in full bloom, but they’ve taken a big step in that direction in the past 24 hours. Once we get through freezing temperatures tonight, things are shaping up beautifully for the weekend.
The cherry blossoms are finally coming out to play, and it looks like it’s shaping up to look better than the numbers suggest.
It’s a beautiful morning to kick off spring, and more cherry blossoms are starting to come out as they head toward fully blooming later this week.
The cherry blossoms are gearing up for another attempt at the bloom. There are flowers starting to come out, but they’re scattered for now.
No new photos today, but some useful information came in late yesterday about the NPS’s take on where things stand.
That should be the last of the very cold nights, at least for a while. Things are now warming up a little. So we’re back in business.
Where there should be white and pink there’s now a lot of brown. Many of the ones that were in the late stages right before fully blooming have been damaged badly. But it’s by no means all of them.
The Kwanzan cherry blossoms are much earlier in their development and look to be riding out the cold snap comfortably.
They’re taking a beating now and damage is becoming more widespread. While there’s still a good number soldiering on, it’s not clear how many have sustained internal damage that’s not visible or how many will be able to ride out the next two cold nights.
The cherry blossoms don’t seem to be able to catch a break. As if freezing temperatures weren’t enough to deal with, they’re now encased in ice.
Not much change since yesterday. Another cold night. Some of the blossoms are clearly struggling and succumbing to the freezing temperatures, but overall I’m impressed with how well most of them seem to be holding up so far.
It’s still cold, with much more to come. While most of the cherry blossoms are still hanging in there, more of them seem to be struggling.
So far, so good. There’s not a lot of visual evidence of damage from the cold temperatures yet, but it’s early days–there’s a lot more to come. In terms of flowers, there’s basically the same amount out today as yesterday.
Many of the trees are a few warm days away from full bloom. But we’re not going to be getting warm days anytime soon. Instead, we’ll see several days of cold winter weather. That’s going to slow things down. It also has the potential to do some real damage.
As expected, the warm weather yesterday coaxed a few more flowers out. It’s still not many, but more trees have a few flowers starting to show. The warm weather today will coax some more out. It’s nothing like full bloom yet–it’s still very few flowers in the context of the whole–but if you go hunting you can at least find some blossoms out.
Late this afternoon the NPS revised their peak bloom prediction. Colder than expected temperatures forecast for the next week have pushed the dates back.
A few more trees have started popping their first flowers, although it’s still only very few in terms of the total number of trees around the Tidal Basin. A few warms days should coax more out before an arctic blast hits on the weekend to stir things up.
The cool weather of the past few days brought things to a crawl, but now that we’re entering a warmer stretch the pace should start picking up again. It looks like we might see a drawn-out bloom this year.
After a chilly weekend, there’s not much change in the trees. A small handful of trees are still flowering, while the others are in a wide spread of development stages.
A small handful of trees are starting to flower, but most of them still have some work to do. But the saucer magnolias are looking wonderful.
The experts at the National Park Service have announced their peak bloom prediction for 2017: between March 14 and 17.
More flowers are out on the indicator tree, and a handful of different varieties of cherries are starting to join it with their first flowers. Most of the trees range somewhere between the green buds and extensions of florets stages.
The Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang has issued their first peak bloom prediction for 2017: sometime between March 15 and 19.
There’s going to be a flurry of activity over the coming days, with new peak bloom predictions and the trees racing towards the bloom.
There’s been noticeable development on many of the trees, and the first flowers are even starting to pop on the indicator tree.
It’s still warm, warm, warm. And most of the trees now have green buds coming through.
It certainly feels like spring, with warm temperatures and clear skies. And it’s starting to look like spring too, with the first daffodils starting to come out and the first green buds appearing on the cherry trees around the Tidal Basin.
It’s sunny and windy. The warmer than normal temperatures we’re still seeing–and expect to see for a while yet–continue to tilt the odds in favor of an earlier bloom. And there’s an early spring treat just across the road from the Tidal Basin.
It feels like spring today, with blue skies, warm sun, and still conditions. And it continues the trend of above-average temperatures we’ve seen through this winter.
We had a little snow last night. Just enough to be pretty without causing any headaches. But with January closing out it’ll end up being warmer than normal for the month. That’s on the back of a December where average temperatures were also above normal.
There’s not much new to report since the last update, although temperatures have remained warmer than normal, and it looks like we’ll close out January with temperatures above average for the month.
There’s not much to see yet, and it’s been a fairly unremarkable winter, but we’re now starting to head into the period where things start to take shape.
Yes, it happens, even as the leaves are turning reddish-brown and falling off. There are several autumn-blooming cherry trees around the National Mall.
The cherry trees around the Tidal Basin are also looking very colorful at the moment, but not in the way they’re best known for. Many of the leaves are turning an orange or reddish brown, making for quite a pretty sight all the way around the water’s edge.
The Kwanzan cherry blossoms along East Potomac Park, Hains Point, near the George Mason Memorial, and the FDR Memorial are all out and looking wonderful.
Thanks to the wintry weather we’ve had recently, most of the Kwanzan cherry blossoms still aren’t blooming.
The Kwanzan cherry blossoms around East Potomac Park and the FDR Memorial haven’t fully popped yet, but it’s possible to find some scattered flowers out.
Photos of 2016’s bloom of the cherry blossoms that were submitted by Cherry Blossom Watch Readers. Part 2 of 2.
Photos of 2016’s bloom of the cherry blossoms that were submitted by Cherry Blossom Watch Readers. Part 1 of 2.
The cherry blossoms are mostly done now. There are a few late stragglers still hanging on despite the rain, but strong winds tonight and tomorrow morning will likely be a knockout punch.
There are still flowers on the trees, even if they’re well past their prime. At least there are until the rain and wind rolls in over the next few days.
An ultra-high resolution 3-gigapixel panorama of Washington DC’s Tidal Basins with the cherry blossoms in bloom.
The trees are still looking lovely. When you get a up close you can certainly see that they’re in transition. But from a distance they still look great and are holding up well.
There’s still plenty to see at the Tidal Basin. Yesterday’s rain and wind did take a toll, but the trees are holding up quite well so far.
Timelapse footage of Yoshino cherry blossoms blooming. It captures about a week of their development leading up to full bloom.
It’s a wet, rainy morning. While the rain will clear out soon, we’ll then be getting wind. Combined, they’re going to knock more petals off the trees.
For those who aren’t able to make it in person this year, here’s a 360° interactive video I shot early this morning at several spots around the Tidal Basin.
It’s a sparkling spring morning at the Tidal Basin, and the cherry blossoms and the crowds are out in force.
The NPS said this afternoon that peak bloom was reached today, March 25.
The Yoshino cherry blossoms are in full bloom right now, and it will be prime viewing through at least the weekend.
It looks like we might hit peak bloom later today, and it’ll be prime viewing now through at least the weekend.
It’s shaping up to be a beautiful day for cherry blossom viewing. Not all the tree are in full bloom yet, but they’re getting close.
More flowers are coming out, and it won’t take much for them to starting popping en masse now that we’re heading into warmer weather.
It’s a cool morning at the Tidal Basin, but ended up being a clear sunrise. The blossoms are still taking their time with slow & steady progress.
It doesn’t feel much like the first day of spring, but there are more cherry blossoms popping. It’s still a minority, but more and more are coming out each day despite of the cold weather.
It’s another beautiful morning at the Tidal Basin, and since yesterday it has become much easier to find flowers starting to pop.
The indicator tree is in full bloom, and there are handful of others that are just starting to pop. But the vast majority of the trees aren’t flowering yet.
The National Park Service has revised their 2016 peak bloom forecast for a second time.
It’s another cool and drizzly morning at the Tidal Basin. The indicator tree has more flowers coming out but still has many more to go before it reached peak bloom.
It’s cool and damp at the Tidal Basin, but the very first blossoms are starting to pop on the indicator tree.
Even in the past few days there’s been some clear development as the buds race through their development thanks to the unseasonably warm weather.
We’ve had record-setting warm temperatures the past few days, and it’s accelerating the development of the cherry blossom buds.
It’s a sunny, still, and spring-like morning on the Tidal Basin. Yesterday the peak bloom forecasts were moved forward. Here’s how the trees look today.
The National Park Service today revised their 2016 peak bloom forecast in light of forecasts of very warm weather this week and next.
The Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang have issued their prediction for the 2016 cherry blossom peak bloom.
At a press conference this morning the National Park Service issued their first cherry blossoms peak bloom prediction for 2016.
It’s a sunny but cold and windy morning on the Tidal Basin. I’ve also included some photos of how the so-called indicator tree is progressing.
Paddle boats on the Tidal Basin offer a unique way to take in the view of the cherry blossoms in full bloom.
It’s a gorgeous spring morning with hardly a cloud in the sky. With the month almost done we’re tracking at right around average temperatures for the month.
We’ve had a bit of a mixed bag with the weather, but overall we’re still tracking much warmer for the month than last year.
It’s bitterly cold out, but it’s a sparkling clear winter morning at the Tidal Basin.
Most of the snow has gone from around the Tidal Basin, and the cherry trees don’t seem any worse for wear after making it through the Snowzilla blizzard.
The cherry trees around the Tidal Basin are sitting amongst deep snow, and the Tidal Basin itself is frozen over.
Temperatures have been seesawing, but the cherry trees around the Tidal Basin are still very much in winter mode.
I’ve had a number of people ask whether the cherry blossoms are blooming early because of the warm weather. So I decided it was worth a visit to the Tidal Basin for some new photos.
There are still a few more leaves to come down on the cherry trees around the Tidal Basin, but for the most part the branches are bare as the trees settle in for the winter.
If you’re curious about how the cherry trees around the Tidal Basin look in the summer, here are some photos taken this morning on a beautifully clear and still day.
The cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin have come and gone for the year and are now getting replaced on the trees with green leaves.
The cherry blossoms are well past their prime now and on their way out, but as of this morning there are still plenty of flowers to see.
The cherry blossoms are losing their petals quickly now, and today’s rain will help speed the process along.
The Kwanzan cherry blossoms are particularly pretty and tend to come out 10-14 days after the Yoshinos. So if you miss the end of the Yoshino cherry blossoms’ bloom, the Kwanzans can offer beautiful consolation.
The Yoshinos are becoming more pink, and green leaves are sprouting on more trees. Today’s wind and tomorrow’s rain are likely to knock many of the petals off.
Spring is most definitely here today, and the cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin are looking stunning.
The cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin are in their absolute prime right now, and it’s shaping up to be beautiful and crowded weekend.
The cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin are still looking wonderful and are in full bloom, laying the foundation of a beautiful and busy weekend.
The cherry blossoms are now in full bloom and putting on a wonderful show. Too bad the weather isn’t playing along.
If you plan to visit the cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin on the morning of Sunday, April 2, 2017, you’ll have to contend with the annual running of the Cherry Blossom 10-miler.
The cherry blossoms have started to bloom and are looking wonderful. But the weather is much less impressive.
There’s been quite a bit of progress since the last update, with the warmer temperatures moving the process along nicely.
There have been some definite signs of progress over the past few days, but still no flowers.
There’s a little progress with the cherry blossoms, but they still have some work to do. And as we head into April, traffic is picking up around the Tidal Basin.
There’s noticeable progress in the cherry blossom buds, but the trees still have a way to go before flowering.
Wintry mix and even snow are forecast overnight, but it won’t trouble the trees or change the existing peak bloom forecasts.
It’s a beautiful spring day down at the Tidal Basin. And the Washington Post Capital Weather Gang has issued their first peak bloom forecast for the season.
We’re finally getting a brief taste of spring. But the cherry blossoms have some catching up to do.
The National Park Service have issued their first cherry blossom peak bloom forecast for 2015.
We’re expecting the National Park Service to issue their first peak bloom forecast later today. In the meantime, here are some photos of how the trees are looking this morning.
It has been a cold February, which will slow the cherry blossoms down. But if March is warm it could easily reverse that.
We have a few inches of slushy, wet, and very slippery snow around the cherry blossoms this morning.
Like much of the northeast, DC is getting a good dose of winter this past week with snow and bitterly cold weather. The cherry trees are weathering this cold snap just fine. The buds are still in their early stages and well protected.
It’s a beautiful, crisp winter’s morning, and the cherry blossom buds are still doing their thing.
There’s a light layer of slushy snow around the Tidal Basin, and the area is mostly deserted.
It’s definitely winter. The Tidal Basin is partly frozen over. Snow is on the way. And the cherry blossoms are still tightly tucked away in their protective buds.
Here’s a fun view of the cherry blossoms and the Jefferson Memorial from an old postcard.
Wondering what the cherry trees look like in the fall? Here are some photos.
No. Peak bloom was April 10, 2014, and the cherry blossoms have come and gone for the year. Here are some photos of what you missed.
The cherry blossoms are mostly done now. Most trees have dropped all or nearly all of their petals and are starting to be covered with green leaves. If you go hunting, you can find the occasional tree that’s lagging behind and still has some pink blossoms, but they’re few and far between. But the Kwanzan Cherry Blossoms not far away are just starting to come out.
It’s another beautiful spring morning, and the cherry blossoms are still in full bloom. There are more petals on the ground now, and when you look closely you can find green leaves poking through on more branches, but overall the blossoms are still in their prime.
Spring turned the volume up to 11 today. Clear, sunny, and warm. And the cherry blossoms are putting on quite a show.
The cherry blossoms are looking glorious. They’re in full bloom, and it’ll be prime viewing over the weekend. On some trees, you can spot some of the green leaves poking through, but for the most part they’re covered in beautiful white flowers in their prime.
The National Park Service this morning judged that 70 percent of the cherry blossoms were open today, making this year’s peak bloom date April 10.
It’s a sparkling spring morning down at the Tidal Basin. There’s a bit of a chill in the air and a slight breeze, but otherwise it’s a very pleasant morning. The trees are looking beautiful, and it’ll be prime viewing from today through the weekend.
The cherry blossoms at Dumbarton Oaks are in the puffy white stage and haven’t yet started opening. But there are some other beautiful trees in bloom there, including Japanese Plum trees and Tulip Magnolias.
The National Park Service has decided that as of today 70 percent of the blossoms have reached the “puffy white” stage. And while some trees are white with fully open blossoms, others are still lagging behind.
There’s a new boat landing point on the bank of the Potomac next to the FDR Memorial, adding a new, scenic option for getting to and from the cherry blossoms.
A small number of trees are just starting to pop. Most of the trees haven’t started yet, but things will start happening quickly now.
We have some movement. And after a surprise winter blast of slushy snow this past weekend, we might finally be getting on with spring.
Because March shaped up to be colder than expected, the Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang have pushed back their peak bloom date prediction by several days.
After yet another round of cold, wintry, and snowy weather, the cherry blossoms–along with all the other flowering trees and plants in the area–are still well behind their average schedule. Comparing the photos from this time in 2013, we’re still tracking behind last year.
We have the first signs of green tips coming through as the buds get more pronounced. From a distance, there’s the first hint of the reddish brown tint the trees will get as the buds change color and get larger.
A few days of spring and now back to winter. Strong (and cold) winds have knocked down a large branch from one of the trees.
60 years after being installed next to the Tidal Basin, the Japanese Stone Lantern has received some much-needed attention.
The Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang have issued their first cherry blossom peak bloom forecast for the season: “most likely between April 7 and April 11, centered on April 9.”
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 has this morning issued the season’s first prediction for when the cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin will reach peak bloom this year.
After a warm weekend, winter is back. The trees look beautiful covered in snow, but the buds still have a long way to go.
Cold weather is keeping the cherry blossom buds safely tucked away, and the long period of colder-than-average temperatures suggests the cherry blossoms will bloom late this year.
It’s still cold. There’s still a layer of ice covering much of the Tidal Basin. And the weather forecast for the coming week is still very much a winter forecast. In other words, there’s still a ways to go before we start seeing some cherry blossom action.
It’s cold. Local temperatures have been consistently dipping down to the low teens or single digits at night, and days have rarely peaked above freezing. The Tidal Basin and Potomac are both frozen and covered in a fresh layer of snow, topped up by a light snowfall overnight.
Welcome to the first Cherry Blossom Watch update for 2014. Here are some new shots of how the trees look currently.
Latest update on how Washington DC’s famous Cherry Blossoms are doing as of April 15, 2013, with fresh photos taken this morning.
Latest update on how Washington DC’s famous Cherry Blossoms are doing as of April 9, 2013, with fresh photos taken this morning.
Latest update on how Washington DC’s famous Cherry Blossoms are doing as of April 8, 2013, with fresh photos taken this morning.
Latest update on how Washington DC’s famous Cherry Blossoms are doing as of April 7, 2013, with fresh photos taken this morning.
Latest update on how Washington DC’s famous Cherry Blossoms are doing as of April 6, 2013, with fresh photos taken this morning.
Latest update on how Washington DC’s famous Cherry Blossoms are doing as of April 5, 2013, with fresh photos taken this morning.
Latest update on how Washington DC’s famous Cherry Blossoms are doing as of April 4, 2013, with fresh photos taken this morning.
How Washington DC’s famous Cherry Blossoms are doing as of April 3, 2013. With fresh photos taken today.
How Washington DC’s famous Cherry Blossoms are doing as of March 30, 2013. With fresh photos taken today.
How Washington DC’s famous Cherry Blossoms are doing as of March 28, 2013. With fresh photos taken today.
How Washington DC’s famous Cherry Blossoms are doing as of March 25, 2013. With fresh photos (and snow!)
Progress update and fresh photos of Washington DC’s famous Cherry Blossoms on March 21, 2013.
Progress update and fresh photos of Washington DC’s famous Cherry Blossoms on March 19, 2013.
Progress update and fresh photos of Washington DC’s famous Cherry Blossoms on March 14, 2013.
How Washington DC’s famous Cherry Blossoms are doing as of March 10, 2013. With fresh photos.
How Washington DC’s famous Cherry Blossoms are doing as of March 4, 2013. With fresh photos.
How Washington DC’s famous Cherry Blossoms are doing as of February 25, 2013. With fresh photos.
Each spring, Washington’s famous cherry blossoms burst into white and pink bloom. But the date shifts each year depending on natural environmental factors. Here’s the latest information on the 2013 blooming of the cherry blossoms.
How Washington DC’s famous Cherry Blossoms are doing as of January 13, 2013. With fresh photos.
Cherry blossom watch updates for 2012.
Photos of the cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin on March 29, 2011, the day the trees reached peak bloom.
Photos taken of the cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin on April 1, 2010, one day after peak bloom.
Washington DC’s famous cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin after a fresh coat of winter snow.