National Park Service (NPS) officials held a press conference to announce the big dates for the District of Columbia, the peak bloom of cherry blossoms.
The highly anticipated time of the year is expected to be between March 27 and 30, according to the NPS’ statement that came on Wednesday.
Due to warmer weather caused by climate change, it was considered that the peak bloom of 2020 would likely happen sooner than usual. Cherry blossoms peaked around the beginning of April in 2019.
It’s official! Peak bloom is on the way!! Make plans to join us at the Tidal Basin to enjoy the blossoms, and for the full schedule of events for the @CherryBlossFest from March 20-April 12. #BloomWatch #ReadySetBlossom pic.twitter.com/Nr67kVmxlJ
— National Mall NPS (@NationalMallNPS) March 4, 2020
Various algorithms were used by the NPS to make the most accurate prediction.
“We’ve had a mild winter and we haven’t had much snow, the trees really haven’t gone into a deep dormancy,” said Brian Hall, a spokesman for the NPS unit that manages the National Mall, said, according to WTOP.