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Cherry Blossom Splendor

Kevin Ambrose @ 12:33 AM

Cherry blossoms along the Tidal Basin peak Friday as bright sunshine begins to fade to cloud cover, March 31, 2006.

Scattered showers and clouds will slowly clear this weekend as most of the much needed rain moves to the north of DC. High temperatures will be near 70 today. Unfortunately for the NPS, the blossoms are peaking a week before the Parade of the National Cherry Blossom Festival on Saturday, April 8.

For those who follow my weather photography on, you know that I chase cherry blossoms as rigorously as I chase severe storms in summer. For the past two days, I've awakened at 4 am to photograph the blossoms at sunrise on the Tidal Basin. Add in two evening chases for sunset blossom photos and I can say that I have been burning the candle on both ends. This weekend, I'll leave the blossoms for the tourists and will get some much needed sleep. Later this week, I'll put together a gallery of some of the photos and will have it posted it to this site.

I've learned over the past few years that chasing storms is much easier than chasing blossoms -- much less competition and hassle. I even managed to get a parking ticket from the Fairfax County Police Thursday for parking at the Vienna Metro Station (meter parking) between the hours of 3:30pm and 7:00pm. Why that's illegal I'm still unsure?

I will close the post with a photo of sunrise Friday from the west side of the Tidal Basin facing the Washington Monument:

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