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Washington, D.C., cherry blossoms have reached peak bloom

If you want to see the famous cherry blossoms of Washington this year, now is the time, according to the National Park Service.

The blossoms reached peak bloom on Thursday, the agency said on its "Bloom Watch" site.

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The peak bloom date is when 70 percent of the blossoms are open. The best time to see them is within four to seven days from that date, the park service says.

The length of the blooming period varies depending on weather.

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"Cool, calm weather can extend the length of the bloom," the park service says, "and a rainy, windy day can bring an abrupt end to the ephemeral blossoms."

Last year, about half the blossoms were lost to a frost that occurred March 14-16.

Washington, D.C., eagerly awaits the pink blooms this month, and so does Macon, Ga., which claims the title Cherry Blossom Capital of the World.

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