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.
You can find a lot more related information on these pages:
- What Peak Bloom Means and Why It (sort of) Matters
- When is the Best Time to Visit DC to See the Cherry Blossoms?
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.