FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Blossoming cherry blossom trees are a sign of spring for many in the Washington D.C. area.
The National Park Service predicts that peak bloom will occur between April 2 to 5.
That's when 70% of the Yoshino Cherry blossoms are open.
— NPS Chesapeake Bay (@ChesapeakeNPS) March 7, 2021
It usually varies each year because of the weather conditions.
Typically, peak bloom happens during the last week of March to the first week of April.
It will last for several days, depending on the weather conditions.
Cherry blossoms have reached peak bloom! Based on the current conditions and forecast, you can expect to see the trees in blossom for the next seven to 10 days.
— National Park Service (@NatlParkService) April 1, 2019
If it's a cool and calm day, then the length of peak bloom could be extended.
But a rainy, windy day can abruptly end peak blooms.
A late frost may prevent the trees from blooming at all, which happened in 2017.
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However, unseasonably warm temperatures moved the peak bloom date forward to as early as March 15 in 1990.
Likewise, unseasonably cold temperatures pushed peak bloom back to April 18 in 1958.
In 2020, peak cherry blossom bloom happened on March 20.
There are five stages the cherry blossom trees have to go through.
There's a catch to the prediction of peak bloom.
Forecasting it is almost impossible outside of 10 days before, because it's dependent on the weather conditions.