2013 Cherry Blossom Peak Dates Moved to April
Cold temperatures in late March delay the peak blooms around the Washington Tidal Basin.
The National Park Service on Tuesday announced the estimated 2013 peak dates for the Washington Tidal Basin cherry blossoms will be later than originally projected.
The new estimated peak dates are April 3 through 6.
The reason: Colder-than-normal temperatures the past few weeks, including Monday’s snow showers.
The initial estimate for cherry blossom peaks was March 26 to 30, which forecasters had projected based on a relatively warm February and early March.
The peak dates are based on when approximately 70 percent of the blossoms are open. This year’s peak dates now match up with the average peak date of April 4.
To make sure you do not miss the peak bloom, the National Park Service has created a live webcam of the Tidal Basin.