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Cherry blossoms to bloom earlier than expected in DC

March 23, 2010, 6:56 am

The National Park Service on Monday moved up its prediction of the peak bloom period for Washington’s famous cherry blossoms to April 1-4 from April 3-8, because of the weekend’s warm, pleasant weather, spokesman Bill Line said.

The overall blooming period prediction was also moved up to March 28-April 9, from March 31-April 11.

Line said the weekend’s warm temperatures overnight also accelerated the blooming process. He said the new forecast was issued by the park service’s blossom expert, horticulturalist Rob Defeo.

The peak bloom period is the time in which about 70 percent of the blossoms of the Yoshino Cherry trees that surround the Tidal Basin are open.