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When is the best time to see cherry blossoms in Washington, DC?

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The best viewing date for the cherry blossoms is called the Peak Bloom Date, defined as the date on which 70 percent of the blossoms are open. This date varies with weather conditions from year to year, with April 4 serving as the mean date.

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When is the best time to see cherry blossoms in Washington, DC?
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Unfortunately, it is impossible to determine this exact date more than 10 days prior to its occurrence. The Blooming Period, or the date on which 20 percent of the blossoms are open until they fall, usually starts several days before the Peak Bloom Date and normally lasts for 14 days. However, frost and warm temperatures accompanied by wind and rain can severely shorten this period. There have been years when the Peak Bloom Date has occurred as early as March 17 and as late as April 10 and blooming periods have ranged from 9 to 17 days.

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