I made several trips to the Tidal Basin during this past winter and spring to take photos of the ice, snow, trees and blossoms, to compare and contrast the seasons, with side-by-side images.

  • Kevin Ambrose
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If you haven't ventured to the Tidal Basin to see the iconic Yoshinos yet, now would be the time.

Temperatures are expected to hit 80 degrees by Friday, which would create a much warmer blossom-viewing experience than this past weekend.

Peak bloom can last 4 to 7 days or longer under ideal weather. But this year's weather isn't so ideal.

After wild spring weather and a difficult peak bloom forecast, it finally looks like the trees are homing in on this weekend for the big show.

The Yoshino cherry trees at the Tidal Basin hit the fifth stage of development — “puffy white” — on April 1. They will reach peak bloom by the next weekend, in all likelihood.

Since at least 1992, this is the longest it has taken the cherry blossoms to emerge after starting to bud.

Abnormally cold March weather has held back the blossoms.

Even though Washington hasn't had any truly springlike warmth since February, nature is still taking its course.

The National Park Service has also pushed back its prediction.

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