The NPS determined that the cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin reached peak bloom today, April 5. Peak bloom is a threshold when 70 percent of the Yoshino cherry blossoms are blooming.
Both the National Park Service and the *Washington Post*'s Capital Weather today revised their peak bloom predictions, pushing them back even further. Both are now predicting April 8 to 12.
The experts at the National Park Service has issued their initial peak bloom prediction for 2018: March 17-20.
The NPS said this afternoon that the cherry blossoms reached peak bloom today, March 25. Peak bloom is when at least 70 percent of the blossoms are open.
Late this afternoon the NPS revised their peak bloom prediction. Colder than expected temperatures forecast for the next week have pushed the dates back.
The experts at the National Park Service have announced their peak bloom prediction for 2017: between March 14 and 17.
The Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang has issued their first peak bloom prediction for 2017: sometime between March 15 and 19.
The latest information and forecasts on when Washington DC's cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin will reach peak bloom in Spring 2018.
Here's a timeline of what to expect from roughly a week before the peak bloom to about a week after.
So what exactly is "peak bloom" anyway? When does it happen? And does it matter?