We're still about a week away from the peak bloom time of the cherry blossom trees around the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC, The Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang predicted on Tuesday afternoon, April 2.
"The colder than average March and chilled start to April has slowed the emergence of [DC's] famed cherry blossoms. Peak bloom may not be achieved in the previously forecast April 3-7 window. Our revised window for peak bloom is April 6-10," The Post's Capital Weather Gang stated.
Cherry blossom peak bloom times are not easy to predict. "Moving ahead, warm, sunny days and mild nights could speed up the bloom process, while cloudy days and cold nights could slow it down," The Gang added.
The revised peak bloom time still will coincide nicely with the National Cherry Blossom Festival, which began on March 20. The festival concludes with the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade on April 13.
This is the second time this year that the cherry blossoms' peak bloom time has been revised.
Last month, Patch reported that the National Park Service originally predicted the pale pink blossoms would peak between March 26 and 30—a pleasant change from last year, when—following an unusually warm winter—the cherry blossoms had peaked well before the start of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.
But, late last month, the National Park Service pushed that peak bloom prediction to April 3 to 6, Patch reported, due to the colder-than-average temperatures in March.
Many events—including photography workshops, a Pink Tie Party, a Cherry Blossom Food Tour and the parade—are part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Visit the festival's website for a full list of events by date.
Those wanting to avoid the crowds might opt to stay a little closer to home by visiting the Kenwood neighborhood of Chevy Chase, which is well-known for its approximately 1,200 Yoshino trees (the same type of cherry trees that circle DC’s Tidal Basin), Chevy Chase Patch reported.