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National Cherry Blossom Festival

National Cherry Blossom Festival

Cherry Blossom Peak Bloom Dates Pushed Back Amid Cold



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    It's going to be a little longer.

    Amid chilly weather, peak bloom time for Washington's cherry blossom trees has been pushed back by 10 days.

    The National Park Service is forecasting the start of the peak bloom period will be March 27 to 31. Peak bloom was previously March 17 to 20. 

    Peak bloom means at least 70 percent of the trees around Washington, D.C.'s Tidal Basin are blossoming. Once peak bloom is reached, the blossoms can remain on the trees from four to 10 days. 

    Last year's peak bloom was predicted to happen between March 14 through March 17, but a cold snap damaged some of the blossoms and pushed peak bloom back five days. 

    The cherry blossoms that survived the snowy cold snap were just as impressive as ever, with crowds packing the Tidal Basin to catch a glimpse.  

    This year's National Cherry Blossom Festival will be held from March 20 until April 15. 

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