Cherry blossoms moving west as spring season blooms

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It’s that time of year again – a sure sign of springtime when the cherry blossom trees come into full bloom.

Exactly when the buds will open in the states – namely in D.C. – is not easy to predict and it is extremely difficult to give an accurate forecast much more than 10 days before peak bloom, according to the D.C. national Cherry Blossom Festival. National Park Service horticulturists monitor several distinct stages of bud development and provide timely forecasts and updates. This year it’s predicted the blooms will be at their peak in D.C. between April 11 and 14. The average peak date in April 4.