Cherry Blossoms Bloom Right On Schedule

WASHINGTON (April 10, 2014) Washington's cherry blossom trees reached peak bloom on Thursday as predicted, the National Park Service said.

That means at least 70 percent of the trees around the Tidal Basin are blossoming with pink and white flowers.

This year's peak bloom comes slightly later than average because of cold weather.

The average bloom date since 1992 is March 31.

Last year they reached peak bloom on April 9.

The trees bloomed as late as April 18 in 1958.

Park officials predicted a peak bloom this year between April 8 and April 12.

The Yoshino cherry trees usually bloom for several days and the length of the bloom depends on the weather.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival runs through Sunday.

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