Where cherry trees are blooming right now (Portland) and in the future

Where cherry trees are blooming right now (Portland) and in the future
Cherry blossoms in an area known as the Akebono Arch in Vancouver, Canada. The city has about 130,000 cherry trees on streets and in parks. It will host a cherry blossom festival in April. (Photo is from prior year.) (Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival)

Unusual winter weather -- super cold in the East, super warm in the Northwest -- has affected when cherry trees will bloom across the nation. Here are four places to put on your calendar to watch the spread of pink this spring.

Washington, D.C.: All that winter snow will delay the cherry blossoms at the Jefferson Memorial's Tidal Basin. The National Park Service predicts a peak bloom time between April 11 and 14, peaking being a time when 70% of the blossoms are open.


Just FYI: The average peak bloom date is March 31, though last year it was April 10.

Japan made a gift of 3,000 cherry trees to the U.S. in 1912, but some have died and new ones have been planted over the years. Today Yoshino and Kwanzan dominate, and you can find them at East Potomac Park and the Washington Monument as well as the Tidal Basin.

Stay tuned to Twitter and Facebook for updates (#CherryBlossoms and #Bloomwatch), and here's a Web cam you can keep an eye on too.

You can attend a free kickoff ceremony to the 2015 National Cherry Blossom Festival at the Warner Theatre on March 21 and a parade from 10 a.m. to noon April 11, both in Washington, D.C.

Portland, Ore.: Oregon had the exact opposite weather pattern. The warm winter prompted the cherry trees to bloom early. Cherry blossoms in Portlandia are popping right now, particularly at Tom McCall Waterfront Park, the Oregonian reports.

You'll find them at the Japanese American Historical Plaza at the north end of the park.

State capital Salem also reported early bloom times, starting March 1 instead of March 15, the Statesman Journal reports. Salem holds its Cherry Blossom Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 28.

Japan: The official Japanese Weather Assn. cherry blossom forecasts break down the country by region. For example, blossoms should begin popping in Kanazawa around April 3 while Kyoto and Tokyo will pink up on March 26.

Check out the bloom forecast map to know where to go if you're planning a spring trip to Japan.

Vancouver, Canada: The cherry blossoms in the city are profuse -- about 130,000 trees with 1,500 places to see them, according to the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival's website. Blooms have started in the city, and you can view a neighborhood-by-neighborhood update on what's blooming now.

The Neighborhood Maps can help too; there's a "favorites" button that lets photographers know the best places to go. There are festival events planned from April 2 to 29.