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There's light — and cherry blossoms — at the end of winter's tunnel.
The National Park Service announced today that the city's famed cherry blossoms will reach peak bloom — when 70 percent of them have flowered — between April 8-12.
That's on par with 2013, but later than the average peak bloom day of March 31. The earliest bloom observed since 2004 was in 2012, when it occurred on March 20.
The National Cherry Blossom Festival is scheduled for March 20 to April 13. The festival features a wide variety of events celebrating the trees and Japanese culture.