For weather, the glass was firmly half-full
It could have been warmer, but it was surely warm. The sky could have been brighter, but it was not menacingly clouded. The cherry blossoms could have been more numerous, but they seemed profuse enough to provide delight.
It was the last Saturday in March, the end of the year’s 12th week, and if it had a message, it might have been on the order of Washington may not always provide perfection, but it offers a lot.
Take those blossoms. The National Park Service, which keeps close track, declared the cherry trees around the tidal basin to be in peak bloom. Peak bloom this year, delayed and impaired by the cold of mid-March, may not have satisfied everyone’s expectations.
“Hit and miss,” said one woman who noticed that the extent of blossoming at the Tidal Basin seemed to vary from tree to tree.
But many found the total effect to be a great sight nonetheless.
“Beautiful day seeing the cherry blossoms” tweeted Allie Erenbaum.
They were “stunning as always,” said Cady North, who noted her pleasure that even the month’s snow “couldn’t keep them away.”
She found the overall effect of the afternoon to be gorgeous. Added to the blossoms was the afternoon’s alluring warmth.
That sent the mercury to 78 degrees in Washington, making Saturday the second-warmest day here this month.
It was six degrees short of the Washington record of 84 degrees for March 25, set in 1939. But it made for leisurely, comfortable strolling around the Tidal Basin.
At Dulles International Airport, the same 78 degree reading did set a record, two degrees above the old mark of 76, last reached 14 years ago.
The floors near the elevators on the third floor of the U.S. Capitol, just outside the Senate Daily Press Gallery, are set with glass panels that allowed light to spread in the days before electric lighting.