Cherry blossom peak bloom dates pushed back

University of Washington

In Japan, cherry blossoms are known as sakura, which are a special flower to the people and the country. The following are place to enjoy the blooms. Last year's crop went through a similar pattern, when another warm February was followed up by temperatures plunging in March and nipping away at the blossoms' development.

Peak bloom occurs when 70 percent of the Yoshino cherry trees that surround the Tidal Basin are in bloom.

The second annual Richmond Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates the arrival of Spring and blooming of the cherry blossoms.

The National Park Service is predicting the peak bloom for the cherry blossom trees will be March 27 through March 31.

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"While the mathematical models still show the blossom reaching peak on March 18, this week's cooler than forecast temperatures have necessitated moving the projection to the last week of March", the NPS wrote in a Facebook post Monday.

UENO PARK (SHINOBAZU POND): March 21-April 8, illuminated between 5:30-8 p.m., 1,200 cherry trees, two-minute walk from Ueno Station on Metro Ginza and Hibiya Lines; 03-3828-5644. Subway Nanboku Line, Komagome Station; 300 yen; 03-3941-2222.

Spring is just around the corner, which means the cherry blossoms at the University of Washington's Quad are nearly in full bloom.

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