“Peak bloom” refers to the point when 70 percent of the cherry blossoms along the Tidal Basin are in bloom.
The blossoms last year hit their peak on March 25, several days ahead of the average date of April 1. If the cherry blossoms bloom as predicted, most will not make it through the duration of the annual festival.
“Once they bloom, they’re pretty fragile,” said Gay Vietzke, superintendent for the Mall and memorial parks.
Vietzke said the District is home to about a dozen types of cherry blossom trees, some of which have started blooming.
She said the Park Service will update its prediction as necessary.
Capital Weather Gang, The Washington Post’s weather blog, predicted Tuesday that peak bloom could come as soon as March 15, noting that the bloom process had already started during a warm February.
Sasae, who is spending his fifth spring in Washington, said the cherry blossom trees symbolize a friendship between the two nations.A mild winter in the nation’s capital means cherry blossoms along the Tidal Basin could reach peak bloom in record fashion.Organizers of the National Cherry Blossom Festival announced Wednesday that the blossoms are expected to hit peak bloom between March 14 and March 17.Organizers call the festival “the nation’s greatest springtime celebration.” Diana Mayhew, president of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, said organizers do not expect the early peak bloom dates to hinder tourists from coming to the city.She said the festival’s parade, scheduled for April 8, is an attraction of its own.