Peak cherry blossom bloom expected March 17-20

The National Park Service expects the peak cherry blossom bloom is March 17 to 20. The Washington Post Weather Gang expects it a few days later.

When will they really bloom? Who knows?

It’s always a guess. A guess by smart people based on data, but things change. Last year, a nor’easter came out of nowhere and killed more than half the blossoms. So, stand by. And when they peak bloom, go out and enjoy them.

Meanwhile, the National Kite Festival on the National Mall is March 31 while the cherry blossom parade is April 14.

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