NPS Issues First Prediction for 2014 Cherry Blossom Peak Bloom

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.

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It's still too early to guess with much confidence when the 2023 bloom will be. But we've seen a much-warmer-than-normal January, and long-range forecasts suggest above-average temperatures continuing as we get deeper into February (after a short very cold spurt at the beginning of the month).

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.

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.

They predict that peak bloom will occur sometime between April 8 and 12.

Unsurprisingly given the colder than average winter, that would bring the bloom later than usual. The average peak bloom date since 1921 has been April 3, although in recent decades it has been trending earlier (since 1993 the average has been March 31). The peak bloom date last year was April 9.

It's important to note that the predictions are subject to revision as we get closer to date. It's not until about 10 days out that the experts feel fully confident in their predictions.

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