2023 Peak Bloom
The NPS judged that the cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin reached peak bloom on March 23, 2023.
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.
World Central Kitchen
World Central Kitchen goes to the frontlines of humanitarian, climate, and community crises to provide meals and build the necessary systems and infrastructure to feed those in need.
World Central Kitchen was founded by celebrity chef José Andrés, a long-time area resident who has some wonderful restaurants in the area among his growing portfolio (Oyamel, Zaytinya, and Jaleo are personal favorites).
You can donate directly on their website and learn more about their mission and impact.