The National Park Service (NPS) just announced the peak bloom prediction for the Washington D.C. Tidal Basin’s cherry trees. The exact peak bloom is defined by the NPS as the day when 70% of the Yoshino Cherry blossoms are open. Weather conditions always dictate when the cherry blossoms will be at their peak. The blossoms have peaked as early as March 15th in 1990 and as late as April 18th in 1958.
Alright already…what is the best time to see the cherry blossoms? NPS has determined that peak bloom for 2016 will be from March 31st to April 3, 2016.
The following chart from the NPS.gov website illustrates when the blossoms have bloomed in past years:
|Year||Green Buds||Florets Visible||Extension of Florets||Peduncle Elongation||Puffy White||Peak Bloom|
|2015||Mar 18||Apr 1||Apr 4||Apr 6||Apr 8||Apr 10|
|2014||Mar 16||Mar 23||Mar 31||Apr 4||Apr 7||Apr 10|
|2013||Mar 11||Mar 17||Mar 26||Mar 31||Apr 4||Apr 9|
|2012||Feb 29||Mar 8||Mar 12||Mar 14||Mar 15||Mar 20|
|2011||Feb 28||Mar 9||Mar 16||Mar 19||Mar 22||Mar 29|
|2010||Mar 14||Mar 19||Mar 21||Mar 23||Mar 26||Mar 31|
|2009||Mar 3||Mar 12||Mar 18||Mar 23||Mar 27||Apr 1|
|2008||Feb 19||Mar 11||Mar 17||Mar 18||Mar 24||Mar 26|
|2007||Mar 5||Mar 20||Mar 25||Mar 27||Mar 28||Apr 1|
|2006||Feb 28||Mar 13||Mar 14||Mar 16||Mar 22||Mar 30|
|2005||Mar 7||Mar 22||Mar 31||Apr 3||Apr 4||Apr 9|
|2004||Mar 4||Mar 12||Mar 15||Mar 22||Mar 27||Mar 31|
*Please note: Dates reflect when 70% of the Tidal Basin trees have reached the designated stage. You may see individual trees reach the designated stage before the date is posted.
The Potomac Riverboat Company is also offering cherry blossom cruises from March 31 until April 15, 2016. The boats depart from Old Town Alexandria City Marina, Georgetown’s Washington Harbor and National Harbor. For schedule and cruise information and to purchase tickets you can visit their website via the link.
To keep track of all the cherry blossom festivals and celebrations you may visit the official site of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.