Normal peak bloom (using data from 1981 to 2010) is around April 1. The earliest peak bloom on record occurred March 15, 1990. [Cherry-blossom peak bloom delayed because of cold snap, Park Service says].
A wildflower superbloom is underway in the desert Southwest in March after seven inches of winter rain. Anza-Borrego State Park in California hasn't experienced a bloom so prolific since at least 1999 according to park officials.
[Capital Weather Gang Cherry Blossom coverage]. Blossom photos by Kevin Ambrose. To track the blossom bloom, every week we'll post a photo of the cherry tree (below) at the Tidal Basin as we transition from winter to spring.