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05:54 AM

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08:31 PM

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14:37 Hours


1 min 20 sec loss

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04:25 PM

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01:21 AM

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Jul 21,2024

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Waxing Gibbous

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Cherry Blossoms Near Peak Bloom In Washington DC This Week

Cherry Blossoms
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March 21, 2023

It is officially Spring and we have moved beyond the latest cold spell.  So after this record low snow winter and one of the warmest seasons on record, the Cherry Blossoms are close to peak bloom around the Washington, DC Tidal Basin.

Peak Bloom is defined as 70% of the cherry blossom flowers around the Tidal Basin. As of today (March 21), the National Parks Service has not yet declared ‘Peak’, but as we can see it looks very close.  This photo was yesterday from Chris Fukuda.

Washington DC Cherry Blossoms March 21


In 1912, 3,000 cherry trees were gifted to the Unites States from Japan. They were planted around the Tidal Basin, which now is home to the Jefferson, MLK, and FDR Memorials.

Washington DC Cherry Blossoms Jefferson Memorial


Looking towards the Washington Monument

Washington DC Cherry Blossoms Washington Momument


Considering the unusually warm winter, a chilly March has slowed down the process. We are already one day later than last year’s peak and one week later than the record earliest March 15, 1990. Meanwhile, the latest was April 18, 1958. That was after a winter with nearly double the average snowfall.

It is hard to imagine that we have not reached Peak Bloom yet. If The National Parks Service does not declare it on Wednesday, March 22, it will certainly be before the end of the week.

Has There Been A Noticeable Change In Peak Date?

Here is a look at Peak Bloom over the past 10 years

  • 2023 – Later than March 21
  • 2022 – March 21
  • 2021 – March 28
  • 2020 – March 20
  • 2019 – April 1
  • 2018 – April 5
  • 2017 – March 25 (half the blossoms lost to a late frost)
  • 2016 – March 25
  • 2015 – April 10
  • 2014 – April 10

Washington DC Cherry Blossoms Tidal Basin


More Photos

I suggest following Chris Fukuda if you are on Twitter.


Live Web Cam

Click here to see multiple interactive cameras from EarthCam

Cherry Blossom Earthcam


Also on Twitter: National Mall, National Parks Service


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Cherry Blossom Watch- March 21 Update



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