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Peak Bloom Reached in DC for Cherry Blossoms

29 Mar 2017, 10:17 am

On Saturday, the National Park Service reported that the Tidal Basin’s cherry trees were at full bloom. The best viewing is expected to continue through this week. The walkway along the Tidal Basin was still covered by a canopy of the blossoms on Monday.

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The Cherry Blossom Watch website reported on Monday that the blossoms are turning pink and still looking great, but they’re also becoming fragile. The petals are falling from the trees, due to recent wind and rain. Dry weather and light winds are expected today and Thursday, with rain possible Friday and Saturday.

The #BloomWatch has been quite a roller coaster this year, but this afternoon's temperatures in the upper 70s have…

Posted by National Mall and Memorial Parks on Saturday, March 25, 2017

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Some observers were surprised by the quick bloom due to the recent freezes and a concern of damaged blossoms. The cherry blossoms reportedly took more than a month to go from the first stage to full bloom.

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The National Park Service defines peak bloom as the day when 70% of the Yoshino Cherry (Prunus x yedoensis) blossoms are open. Peak bloom varies annually depending on weather conditions, but usually occurs the last week of March and the first week of April. Extraordinary warm or cool temperatures have resulted in peak bloom as early as March 15 (1990) and as late as April 18 (1958). Forecasting peak bloom is almost impossible more than 10 days in advance.

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From the website, expected viewing for this weekend, April 1-2: There might still be some late stragglers to see at least some blossoms, but most of them looks as though they’re going to be well on their way out by the weekend. But some patches, like the stretch over by the MLK Memorial, are trailing a little behind and have the best chance of sticking around longer. The ones by the FDR Memorial are a little ahead and are already shedding petals quite profusely.

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If you can’t make it to see the main Yoshino Cherry blossoms, the Kwanzan cherry blossoms are expected to be in bloom in the next two to three weeks. There are fewer of them spread around the viewing area, but they are said to be just as pretty as the Yoshinos.

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Two dogs named Luna and Sebastian got “engaged” under the cherry blossoms at peak bloom in Washington on Monday, March 27. Luna is a Pomeranian and Sebastian is a French bulldog.

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For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels

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