Cherry Blossom Watch Updates

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 26, 2017

The cherry blossoms reached peak bloom yesterday. As expected, the bloom this year is a little more subdued than usual… Read More

March 26, 2017

Cherry Blossom Watch Update / Kwanzan Edition: March 26, 2017

The Kwanzans are now showing green buds, the first of the visible development stages. Warm weather over coming weeks will… Read More

March 26, 2017

NPS Says that DC’s Cherry Blossoms Reached Peak Bloom Today: March 25

The NPS said this afternoon that the cherry blossoms reached peak bloom today, March 25. Peak bloom is when at… Read More

March 29, 2017

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 25, 2017

They're looking great this morning, and they'll look even better as the weekend warms up and coaxes even more blossoms… Read More

March 25, 2017

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 24, 2017

They're looking good now and will look better and better each day through at least the weekend. Read More

March 25, 2017

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 23, 2017

Some of them are blooming fully now. Most of them need a kick of warmth for them to catch up. Read More

March 24, 2017

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 22, 2017

They're not yet in full bloom, but they've taken a big step in that direction in the past 24 hours.… Read More

March 23, 2017

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 21, 2017

The cherry blossoms are finally coming out to play, and it looks like it's shaping up to look better than… Read More

March 21, 2017

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 20, 2017

It's a beautiful morning to kick off spring, and more cherry blossoms are starting to come out as they head… Read More

March 20, 2017

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 19, 2017

The cherry blossoms are gearing up for another attempt at the bloom. There are flowers starting to come out, but… Read More

March 24, 2017

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 18, 2017

No new photos today, but some useful information came in late yesterday about the NPS's take on where things stand. Read More

March 18, 2017

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 16, 2017

Where there should be white and pink there's now a lot of brown. Many of the ones that were in… Read More

March 16, 2017

Cherry Blossom Watch / Kwanzan Edition: March 16, 2017

The Kwanzan cherry blossoms are much earlier in their development and look to be riding out the cold snap comfortably. Read More

March 16, 2017

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 15, 2017

They're taking a beating now and damage is becoming more widespread. While there's still a good number soldiering on, it's… Read More

March 15, 2017

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 14, 2017

The cherry blossoms don't seem to be able to catch a break. As if freezing temperatures weren't enough to deal… Read More

March 15, 2017

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 13, 2017

Not much change since yesterday. Another cold night. Some of the blossoms are clearly struggling and succumbing to the freezing… Read More

March 14, 2017

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 12, 2017

It's still cold, with much more to come. While most of the cherry blossoms are still hanging in there, more… Read More

March 13, 2017

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 11, 2017

So far, so good. There's not a lot of visual evidence of damage from the cold temperatures yet, but it's… Read More

March 12, 2017

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 10, 2017

Many of the trees are a few warm days away from full bloom. But we're not going to be getting… Read More

March 11, 2017

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 9, 2017

As expected, the warm weather yesterday coaxed a few more flowers out. It's still not many, but more trees have… Read More

March 10, 2017

NPS Revises Peak Bloom Forecast: Now March 19-22

Late this afternoon the NPS revised their peak bloom prediction. Colder than expected temperatures forecast for the next week have… Read More

March 8, 2017

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 8, 2017

A few more trees have started popping their first flowers, although it's still only very few in terms of the… Read More

March 8, 2017

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 7, 2017

The cool weather of the past few days brought things to a crawl, but now that we're entering a warmer… Read More

March 7, 2017

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 6, 2017

After a chilly weekend, there's not much change in the trees. A small handful of trees are still flowering, while… Read More

March 6, 2017

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 3, 2017

A small handful of trees are starting to flower, but most of them still have some work to do. But… Read More

March 3, 2017

Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang Have Posted their First Peak Bloom Prediction for 2017

The Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang has issued their first peak bloom prediction for 2017: sometime between March 15 and… Read More

March 2, 2017

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: February 28, 2017

There's going to be a flurry of activity over the coming days, with new peak bloom predictions and the trees… Read More

March 3, 2017

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: February 27, 2017

There's been noticeable development on many of the trees, and the first flowers are even starting to pop on the… Read More

February 27, 2018

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: February 24, 2017

It's still warm, warm, warm. And most of the trees now have green buds coming through. Read More

February 24, 2017

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: February 20, 2017

It certainly feels like spring, with warm temperatures and clear skies. And it's starting to look like spring too, with… Read More

February 20, 2017

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: February 13, 2017

It's sunny and windy. The warmer than normal temperatures we're still seeing--and expect to see for a while yet--continue to… Read More

February 16, 2017

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: February 6, 2017

It feels like spring today, with blue skies, warm sun, and still conditions. And it continues the trend of above-average… Read More

February 9, 2017

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: January 30, 2017

We had a little snow last night. Just enough to be pretty without causing any headaches. But with January closing… Read More

January 31, 2017

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: January 21, 2017

There's not much new to report since the last update, although temperatures have remained warmer than normal, and it looks… Read More

January 22, 2017

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: January 16, 2017

There's not much to see yet, and it's been a fairly unremarkable winter, but we're now starting to head into… Read More

January 18, 2017

Cherry Blossoms in November?

Yes, it happens, even as the leaves are turning reddish-brown and falling off. There are several autumn-blooming cherry trees around… Read More

November 22, 2016

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: Fall 2016 Edition

The cherry trees around the Tidal Basin are also looking very colorful at the moment, but not in the way… Read More

November 15, 2016

Cherry Blossom Watch Update (Kwanzan Edition): April 16, 2016

The Kwanzan cherry blossoms along East Potomac Park, Hains Point, near the George Mason Memorial, and the FDR Memorial are… Read More

June 2, 2016

Cherry Blossom Watch Update (Kwanzan Edition): April 9, 2016

Thanks to the wintry weather we've had recently, most of the Kwanzan cherry blossoms still aren't blooming. Read More

April 9, 2016

Cherry Blossom Watch Update (Kwanzan Edition): April 7, 2016

The Kwanzan cherry blossoms around East Potomac Park and the FDR Memorial haven't fully popped yet, but it's possible to… Read More

April 7, 2016

Reader Photos 2016 // Part 2

Photos of 2016's bloom of the cherry blossoms that were submitted by Cherry Blossom Watch Readers. Part 2 of 2. Read More

April 12, 2016

Reader Photos 2016 // Part 1

Photos of 2016's bloom of the cherry blossoms that were submitted by Cherry Blossom Watch Readers. Part 1 of 2. Read More

April 5, 2017

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: April 2, 2016

The cherry blossoms are mostly done now. There are a few late stragglers still hanging on despite the rain, but… Read More

April 7, 2016

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: April 1, 2016

There are still flowers on the trees, even if they're well past their prime. At least there are until the… Read More

April 2, 2016

Ultra-High Resolution Panorama of the Cherry Blossoms at the Tidal Basin

An ultra-high resolution 3-gigapixel panorama of Washington DC's Tidal Basins with the cherry blossoms in bloom. Read More

March 31, 2016

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 30, 2016

The trees are still looking lovely. When you get a up close you can certainly see that they're in transition.… Read More

March 15, 2017

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 29, 2016

There's still plenty to see at the Tidal Basin. Yesterday's rain and wind did take a toll, but the trees… Read More

March 29, 2016

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 28, 2016

It's a wet, rainy morning. While the rain will clear out soon, we'll then be getting wind. Combined, they're going… Read More

March 28, 2016

Cherry Blossoms in 360°

For those who aren't able to make it in person this year, here's a 360° interactive video I shot early… Read More

August 30, 2016

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 26, 2016

It's a sparkling spring morning at the Tidal Basin, and the cherry blossoms and the crowds are out in force. Read More

March 26, 2016

NPS Says Cherry Blossoms Reached Peak Bloom Today

The NPS said this afternoon that peak bloom was reached today, March 25. Read More

February 2, 2017

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 25, 2016

The Yoshino cherry blossoms are in full bloom right now, and it will be prime viewing through at least the… Read More

November 18, 2016

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 24, 2016

It looks like we might hit peak bloom later today, and it'll be prime viewing now through at least the… Read More

November 18, 2016

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 23, 2016

It's shaping up to be a beautiful day for cherry blossom viewing. Not all the tree are in full bloom… Read More

March 15, 2017

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 22, 2016

More flowers are coming out, and it won't take much for them to starting popping en masse now that we're… Read More

March 15, 2017

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 21, 2016

It's a cool morning at the Tidal Basin, but ended up being a clear sunrise. The blossoms are still taking… Read More

March 21, 2016

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 20, 2016

It doesn't feel much like the first day of spring, but there are more cherry blossoms popping. It's still a… Read More

March 20, 2016

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 18, 2016

It's another beautiful morning at the Tidal Basin, and since yesterday it has become much easier to find flowers starting… Read More

March 18, 2016

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 17, 2016

The indicator tree is in full bloom, and there are handful of others that are just starting to pop. But… Read More

March 18, 2016

NPS Revises Peak Bloom Forecast Again

The National Park Service has revised their 2016 peak bloom forecast for a second time. Read More

March 26, 2016

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 15, 2016

It's another cool and drizzly morning at the Tidal Basin. The indicator tree has more flowers coming out but still… Read More

March 16, 2016

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 14, 2016

It's cool and damp at the Tidal Basin, but the very first blossoms are starting to pop on the indicator… Read More

November 28, 2016

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 13, 2016

Even in the past few days there's been some clear development as the buds race through their development thanks to… Read More

March 13, 2016

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 11, 2016

We've had record-setting warm temperatures the past few days, and it's accelerating the development of the cherry blossom buds. Read More

March 15, 2016

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 9, 2016

It's a sunny, still, and spring-like morning on the Tidal Basin. Yesterday the peak bloom forecasts were moved forward. Here's… Read More

March 10, 2016

NPS Revises its Peak Bloom Forecast

The National Park Service today revised their 2016 peak bloom forecast in light of forecasts of very warm weather this… Read More

March 15, 2016

Washington Post Capital Weather Gang Issue Peak Bloom Prediction

The Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang have issued their prediction for the 2016 cherry blossom peak bloom. Read More

March 15, 2016

NPS Issues First Cherry Blossom Peak Bloom Forecast for 2016

At a press conference this morning the National Park Service issued their first cherry blossoms peak bloom prediction for 2016. Read More

March 2, 2016

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 2, 2016

It's a sunny but cold and windy morning on the Tidal Basin. I've also included some photos of how the… Read More

March 2, 2016

Cherry Blossom Paddle Boat Reservations

Paddle boats on the Tidal Basin offer a unique way to take in the view of the cherry blossoms in… Read More

March 13, 2018

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: February 28, 2016

It's a gorgeous spring morning with hardly a cloud in the sky. With the month almost done we're tracking at… Read More

February 29, 2016

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: February 21, 2016

We've had a bit of a mixed bag with the weather, but overall we're still tracking much warmer for the… Read More

February 21, 2016

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: February 14, 2016

It's bitterly cold out, but it's a sparkling clear winter morning at the Tidal Basin. Read More

February 14, 2016

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: February 7, 2016

Most of the snow has gone from around the Tidal Basin, and the cherry trees don't seem any worse for… Read More

February 10, 2016

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: January 26, 2016

The cherry trees around the Tidal Basin are sitting amongst deep snow, and the Tidal Basin itself is frozen over. Read More

February 10, 2016

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: January 13, 2016

Temperatures have been seesawing, but the cherry trees around the Tidal Basin are still very much in winter mode. Read More

February 10, 2016

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: December 30, 2015

I've had a number of people ask whether the cherry blossoms are blooming early because of the warm weather. So… Read More

February 10, 2016

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: November 23, 2015

There are still a few more leaves to come down on the cherry trees around the Tidal Basin, but for… Read More

July 25, 2016

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: September 18, 2015

If you're curious about how the cherry trees around the Tidal Basin look in the summer, here are some photos… Read More

February 10, 2016

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: April 20, 2015

The cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin have come and gone for the year and are now getting replaced on… Read More

February 10, 2016

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: April 16, 2015

The cherry blossoms are well past their prime now and on their way out, but as of this morning there… Read More

February 10, 2016

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: April 14, 2015

The cherry blossoms are losing their petals quickly now, and today's rain will help speed the process along. Read More

February 10, 2016

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: April 13, 2015

The Yoshinos are becoming more pink, and green leaves are sprouting on more trees. Today's wind and tomorrow's rain are… Read More

February 10, 2016

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: April 12, 2015

Spring is most definitely here today, and the cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin are looking stunning. Read More

December 29, 2016

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: April 11, 2015

The cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin are in their absolute prime right now, and it's shaping up to be… Read More

December 29, 2016

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: April 10, 2015

The cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin are still looking wonderful and are in full bloom, laying the foundation of… Read More

December 29, 2016

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: April 9, 2015

The cherry blossoms are now in full bloom and putting on a wonderful show. Too bad the weather isn't playing… Read More

June 29, 2016

2020 Cherry Blossom 10 Miler

The 2020 Cherry Blossom 10 Miler has been cancelled due to coronavirus COVID-19 containment efforts. Read More

March 15, 2020

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: April 8, 2015

The cherry blossoms have started to bloom and are looking wonderful. But the weather is much less impressive. Read More

December 31, 2015

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: April 6, 2015

There's been quite a bit of progress since the last update, with the warmer temperatures moving the process along nicely. Read More

January 14, 2016

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: April 2, 2015

There have been some definite signs of progress over the past few days, but still no flowers. Read More

June 29, 2016

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 30, 2015

There's a little progress with the cherry blossoms, but they still have some work to do. And as we head… Read More

June 29, 2016

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 24, 2015

There's noticeable progress in the cherry blossom buds, but the trees still have a way to go before flowering. Read More

December 31, 2015

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 19, 2015

Wintry mix and even snow are forecast overnight, but it won't trouble the trees or change the existing peak bloom… Read More

December 31, 2015

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 12, 2015

It's a beautiful spring day down at the Tidal Basin. And the Washington Post Capital Weather Gang has issued their… Read More

December 31, 2015

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 9, 2015

We're finally getting a brief taste of spring. But the cherry blossoms have some catching up to do. Read More

December 31, 2015

NPS Issues First Peak Bloom Forecast for 2015

The National Park Service have issued their first cherry blossom peak bloom forecast for 2015. Read More

June 29, 2016

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: March 3, 2015

We're expecting the National Park Service to issue their first peak bloom forecast later today. In the meantime, here are… Read More

June 29, 2016

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: February 27, 2015

It has been a cold February, which will slow the cherry blossoms down. But if March is warm it could… Read More

December 31, 2015

Cherry Blossom Watch Update: February 22, 2015

We have a few inches of slushy, wet, and very slippery snow around the cherry blossoms this morning. Read More

June 29, 2016