The cooler than normal temperatures at the end of March allowed for an extended period of bloom for the cherry blossoms in Washington DC. According to the National Parks Service, the peak bloom period was at noon on March 29th. After dodging a few threats of snow last weekend and during the week, mostly rain is what fell around the tidal basin. However, this had little impact on the flowers, and you should be able to catch great views this weekend.
The slide show on the right is from the morning of March 29th where local photographer Jim Schuyler accounts his visit in this photo essay:
The early morning view was unlike any other seen anywhere else. The fact no one was there, for awhile I felt I was the only photographer there. The fact it was a weekday and temperatures were cooler than normal anyway gave me the perfect excuse to document this peak bloom without the large crowds. It was spectacular on what appears to be the best looking day this week weather wise in the region. Looks damp, chilly, and possibly wintry at times now through Friday.
The Cherry Blossom festival wraps up next weekend. Saturday night there is a fireworks display around the Tidal Basin. After a few afternoon rain showers, it should clear out with temperatures in the 40s. Sunday there is a 10 mile run around the Tidal Basin, followed by a lantern lighting ceremony in the afternoon. This should be a sunny day with morning temperatures in the 30s, and afternoon reaching 55-60 degrees.
See the start of the 2011 Cheery Blossom Festival photos here.
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See more on that forecast here
Past Cherry Blossom Festival photos from Jim Schuyler:
Cherry blossoms: 2010 early bloom in Washington
Cherry Blossoms in Washington DC: Parts 1 and 2
See more Jim Schuyler pictures with these links:
- New York Blizzard: Snow from Times Square, Rockefeller Center, and Central Park
- New York Blizzard: More than 20 inches of snow and unplowed streets. Union protest?
- Baltimore’s first snow of the season: Mount Washington and 34th St Lights
- New Year’s Eve 2011 Fireworks at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor
- Arlington National Cemetery
- Baltimore and Washington DC
- Prettyboy Reservoir
- Havre de Grace
- Baltimore County: Rainbow and fall leaves
Other Great Photos:
- Lightning photos from an October storm in Maryland
- Lighting photos from Ocean City
- Lighting photos from June 22nd storm
- Flood Pictures: Washington DC Tidal Basin and Alexandria VA
- December 2009 Blizzard
- World Trade Center: Tribute in Lights
- July 4th Fireworks from New York Part 1
- July 4th Fireworks from New York Part 2
- Spectacular sunrise by Washington Monument in Washington DC
- March on Washington tribute