Breaking News! The Official National Cherry Blossom Festival just held a press conference announcing their predicted dates for Peak Bloom for spring 2019.
The Official National Cherry Blossom Festival and the National Park Service have predicted that the 2019 peak bloom for the famous Cherry Blossoms in D.C. will be between April 3rd - April 6th. The National Cherry Blossom Festival runs from March 20th through April 14th.
The National Park Service defines the "peak bloom date" as the day on which 70% of the blossoms of Yoshino cherry trees that surround the Tidal Basin are open. The date varies from year to year depending on weather.
There are five different stages of cherry blossom blooms, according to the National Cherry Blossom Festival's website:
Stage 1: Green Color in Buds (Mid-to-late February to early March)
Stage 2: Florets Visable (Early to mid-March, average 16-21 days to Peak Bloom)
Stage 3: Extension of Florets (Average 12-17 days to Peak Bloom)
Stage 4: Peduncle Elongation (Average 5-10 days to Peak Bloom - frost critical)
Stage 5: Puffy White (Average 4-6 days to Peak Bloom)
Interested in how the peak bloom dates in 2019 compare to years past? You can compare bloom history dates ranging back to 2013 here.