It's still far too early to guess with any confidence when the 2023 bloom will be. We won't start getting a clearer picture until early in the new year.
On average, Washington DC's cherry blossoms bloom around late-March into early April, but the precise timing varies year to year depending on the local temperatures in the leadup to the bloom. You can find general information on the 2023 bloom to help plan your visit here.
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The National Park Service arborists have judged that the cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin have reached peak bloom as of today (March 21).
Peak bloom is a threshold at which at least 70 percent of the cherry trees are in bloom.
This year it has been an early bloom, fueled by (mostly) very warm temperatures in March on the back of above-average temperatures in February.
The photo above was taken at the Tidal Basin this morning. You can find more photos of how it's looking in this morning's update.
Local Charity Spotlight
Looking to give back? Here's one of the local charities (or with local links) that is well worth contributing to.
Cape Ivy provides warmth, comfort and support to children who have chronic or critical illnesses and their families.
Cape Ivy provides fleece ponchos to children in the hospital because robes, sweaters and jackets don’t work well with IV lines and other medical equipment. Cape Ivy is a resource for families experiencing long-term hospitalization of children.
I've had the pleasure of personally seeing a small glimpse of the impact this organization. They're wonderful people doing wonderful work.
You can donate directly on their website and learn more about their mission and impact.