Breaking News! The National Park Service just released information on their "peak bloom" forecast for Washington, D.C.'s famous cherry blossom trees. And peak season is sooner than you'd think!
Due to significantly warmer weather over the past week and that warmer trend forecasted to continue, the National Park Service is predicting that peak cherry blossom bloom should be in the range of March 21-24.
According to the National Park Service, the peak bloom date is defined as the day when 70% of the Yoshino Cherry blossoms are open. These days change annually depending on weather conditions. The most likely time to reach peak bloom is between the last week of March and the first week of April. Extraordinary warm or cool temperatures have resulted in peak bloom as early as March 15 (1990) and as late as April 18 (1958).
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 2020 compare to years past? You can compare bloom history dates ranging back to 2013 here.