Peak bloom of cherry blossoms in DC

After much anticipation, the moment we’ve all been eagerly awaiting has finally arrived – peak bloom is now upon us!

The cherry blossoms along the Tidal Basin have reached their peak bloom on St. Patrick’s Day, showcasing their stunning pink beauty.

“The blossoms are bursting open, creating a dazzling display of spring beauty. We look forward to seeing you soon,” announced the National Park Service on Sunday.

Peak bloom arrived earlier than expected this year, thanks to several days of warm temperatures in the beginning of March. The National Park Service had initially projected that the cherry blossoms would reach their final stage between March 23 and 26.

According to Storm Team4 Meteorologist Chuck Bell, this year’s peak bloom on St. Patrick’s Day is the second earliest on record. It is tied with the peak bloom in 2000 and is only two days behind the peak bloom on March 15, 1990.

The Tidal Basin has been experiencing a surge in visitors as people eagerly flock to see the stunning trees, causing traffic congestion in the area.

“It’s definitely worth the two-hour drive to come down right now,” one woman exclaimed.

It has been a little over two weeks since the blossom watch commenced with the initial stage on Saturday, March 2. During this stage, green buds started to emerge on the cherry trees along the Tidal Basin.

“I can’t believe I’m actually here! I was telling him, ‘If we don’t go out today, I might miss it!’ I’m so glad I made it,” exclaimed another enthusiastic visitor.

If the weather is favorable, peak bloom can extend for up to 10 days, giving you plenty of time to enjoy the beautiful blossoms. Whether you’re excited to witness the magnificence of the cherry trees at the Tidal Basin or prefer to explore a quieter cherry tree destination, it’s time to start your day filled with blooming wonders!

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