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The warm winter was already supposed to mean early cherry blossom peak blooming, but now it’ll be even earlier. At least according to the Capital Weather Gang’s Jason Samenow, who writes: “It’s hard to say whether the blossoms can catch up and reach peak bloom as early as they did in 2000. But given the weather forecast, it’s unlikely they’ll lose ground. Hence, I expect peak bloom no later than about three or four days after the record set in 2000. Peak bloom should occur between March 18-22.”

Still, National Park Service horticulturist Rob Defeo is sticking with his original prediction of March 24-31, sort of, says Samenow: “he’s narrowed that window to the early side of the range and forecasts a peak bloom from March 24-28.”

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