March 14, 2014
A National Park Service expert is predicting an early bloom for Washington's cherry blossoms, with warm temperatures already speeding the buds toward full bloom in late March.
Chief Horticulturist Rob DeFeo said he believes the pink and white flowers will be at their best from March 29 to April 3, though the flowers can be seen in the days before and after those dates. The full bloom is predicted to fall during the National Cherry Blossom Festival, which runs March 26 to April 10.
The average peak bloom date is April 4.
DeFeo said tracking the buds is like following a pregnancy, and that "the only variable is the temperature."
The cherry blossoms draw about one million visitors each spring.
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