For weather, the glass was firmly half-full

The Washington Post Sunday - - COMMUTER - BY MARTIN WEIL martin.weil@wash­

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.

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