Yesterday, the National Park Service announced it expects cherry blossoms to reach peak bloom between March 24 and 31 in their centennial year at the Tidal Basin. March weather is one of the main predictors of the peak bloom, and above average temperatures are forecast. The average peak bloom date is around April 1.
The earliest peak bloom on record occurred on March 17, 2000 when conditions were unseasonably warm in the weeks prior. Could the NPS be wrong and 2012’s blossoms bud prior to its projection? Vote in our poll (allow a few seconds to load).