2011 Cherry Blossom Prediction
Katie From AL
Posted 27 January 2011 - 09:55 AM
Posted 08 March 2011 - 09:13 AM
Katie: yes they are spectacular, the best place to see them is the Tidal Basin around the Jefferson Memorial and Independence Ave and they last about a week but it depends on the weather: during peak blooming if it gets really rainy or windy the blossoms can be knocked off the trees as they are quite delicate. Another great place to see them is the Kenwood neighborhood in Bethesda, MD where you won't face the gigantic crowds but the overall scene is less dramatic than downtown DC.
Posted 22 March 2011 - 09:29 AM
The lighting of this more then 450 year old Japanese Stone Lantern indicates
the beginning of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.
Posted 23 March 2011 - 07:01 AM
The Peak Bloom Date is defined as the day in which 70 percent of the blossoms of the Yoshino Cherry (Prunus x yedoensis) trees are open. The date when the Yoshino cherry blossoms reach peak bloom varies from year to year, depending on weather conditions. Cherry Blossom Festival dates are set based on the average date of blooming (April 4), but nature is not always cooperative. Unseasonably warm and/or cool temperatures have resulted in the Yoshino cherries reaching peak bloom as early as March 15 (1990) and as late as April 18 (1958).
The Blooming Period is defined as the period that starts when 20% of the blossoms are open and ends when the petals fall and the leaves appear. The Blooming period starts several days before the Peak Bloom Date and can last as long as 14 days; however, frost or high temperatures combined with wind and/or rain can shorten this period.
During the Blooming Period, the National Park Service conducts annual Cherry Tree Walks and Bike Tours around the Tidal Basin. These Park Ranger conducted programs present an interpretive look at the historical and cultural influence of the Japanese Flowering Cherry Trees in our Nation's Capital. For information on the dates and times of the walks and bike tours please call (202) 426-6841.
It is nearly impossible to give an accurate forecast much more than 10 days before the Peak Bloom and each year National Park Service Horticulturists monitor 5 stages of bud development and provide a forecast and updates as needed. The following is a comparative record of past bud development in which 70% of the buds reached each stage:
Green Color in Buds: Late February to Early March
Puffy White: Average 4-6 days to Peak Bloom.
"...we're all in it together" Brazil 1984
Posted 25 March 2011 - 08:27 AM
Posted 15 February 2012 - 05:29 AM
Posted 12 March 2012 - 08:40 AM
The peak bloom prediction for the 2012 Cherry Blossoms is March 24 – 31. Look at our guide for more information and updates.
National Park Service
Posted 14 March 2012 - 10:58 AM
The National Park Service has just updated their prediction for the Cherry Blossoms.
The Peak Bloom Prediction is now March 20 – 27.
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