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.
While February was warmer than normal and got the buds off to an early start, it has been cool weather since, and so far in March we’re about 3.5° below average. That has kept things moving at a glacial pace. And after crunching their weather forecast data looking ahead, both the NPS and Post have concluded that it’s just not going to be warm enough in the next couple of weeks to bring most of the trees to full bloom.
As you can see from the photos below, all taken this morning, the trees are at quite a range of stages. While the indicator tree is in full bloom and there’s a small handful of scattered trees that are starting to show some flowers, the vast majority are still in earlier bud stages. So it’s likely to be a rather drawn out blooming process, with some trees blooming well ahead of others.
Here are some examples with photos taken this morning around the Tidal Basin.
You can find more photos from this morning 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.