Like everyone else in Washington DC, the cherry blossoms are ready to jump ship.
The National Cherry Blossom Festival, which attracts 1.5 million people annually, runs through April 15. However, the peak bloom -- the day when 70% of the area's Yoshino Cherry Blossoms are open around the Tidal Basin -- is likely to come earlier than in previous years. The National Park Service (NPS) has announced the cherry blossoms are expected to reach peak bloom from March 17 through March 20. That's in part due to a hotter-than-average February. Under normal conditions, peak bloom arrives sometime during the last week of March or the first week of April in the nation's capital.
Though, the NPS notes on the site that projecting peak bloom is notoriously difficult. "Forecasting peak bloom is almost impossible more than 10 days in advance," the site reads. "The cherry trees' blossom development is dependent on weather conditions, which are inherently variable."