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DC's cherry blossoms could hit peak bloom in 2 weeks

02 March 2017
DC's cherry blossoms could hit peak bloom in 2 weeks

Cherry blossoms bloom on the edge of the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C., April 8, 2013. Trees lining Park Avenue in the City of Falls Church are showing off their bright pink blossoms this week, days before the National Park Service is expected to make its prediction for D.C.'s peak bloom season.

Officials say the peak bloom for Washington's cherry blossoms could be just two weeks away.

The NPS also notes it is "almost impossible" to forecast peak bloom more than 10 days in advance, which, obviously, this particular forecast is.

The record for earliest peak blooms was March 15, 1990. The earliest peak blooms on record was March 15 in 1990, according to the park service. Over the past 96 years, the average peak date occurred April 4, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

The original approximately 3,000 cherry trees were a gift from Japan in 1912. Last year's peak bloom was originally expected to begin March 31, but was pushed up to March 18 after a string of near-record high temperatures, before finally settling in on March 23 after a cold snap. Only a handful of the original trees remain.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival website has more information about the event.

That festival runs from April 1-9.