At a press conference at the Newseum this morning, the experts at the National Park Service issued their first cherry blossom peak bloom forecast for 2015.
They predict that peak bloom will likely occur sometime during the period of April 11-14.
That doesn't necessarily mean that peak bloom will be for that entire period (you can find more information on what the peak bloom forecast means here). And it's not at all unusual for these early predictions to be revised and refined as we get closer to the date.
I'll keep the 2015 peak bloom page updated with the latest forecasts. The Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang is scheduled to release their first prediction next week, and I'll add that when they do.
Their prediction is for a peak bloom later than last year, with the very cold February we've had and a March that is forecast to be colder and snowier than average slowing things down. If the prediction comes to pass, it wouldn't be the latest peak bloom on record--that's April 18--but it's definitely on the very late end of things. The average peak bloom date is around April 3-4.
I've also posted some new photos taken this morning so you can see how they look right now. Here are a couple taken this morning, you can find more in this morning's Cherry Blossom Watch update here.
Want to Help Support DC's Cherry Trees?
If you'd like to help support the care and upkeep of the cherry trees around the Tidal Basin, the Trust for The National Mall has launched an Endow a Cherry Tree Campaign. Donations go to the official Cherry Tree Endowment, which will give the National Park Service additional resources to fund the care, maintenance, and possible replacement of the cherry trees. You can find more information here.
The Trust is dedicated to marshaling private support for maintaining and improving the history National Mall area. I'm not affiliated with the Trust--just an admirer of their efforts.