The National Park Service this morning revised their peak bloom prediction to April 1.
The original peak bloom prediction was April 3-6, but warmer temperatures in the past week, along with warm temperatures anticipated over the coming weekend, have pushed the development ahead.
Will There Still be Cherry Blossoms on ... ?
I've been getting a lot of questions about how long the cherry blossoms last after peak bloom.
The short answer is that it very much depends on the weather. In ideal conditions (cool, calm, dry), they can last a week or even two weeks. But as they move past full bloom the flowers also become more fragile, which makes them more vulnerable to rain, wind, and storms, and it's not unheard of for them to be mostly gone in 4-6 days.
For some visual sense of what that means, I've put together this photo timeline from past years showing the types of things you can expect in the days before and after peak bloom.
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.