As legend has it, inaugural POTUS George Washington was only a boy when he cut down his father’s cherry tree. “I did it with my own little hatchet,” Washington is thought to have said. But the way things are going in the town named after him, the boy could have chopped down thousands without losing much…at least in 2017.
The impending East Coast white-out, which could last until Thursday, and its freezing conditions could be about to destroy almost every cherry blossom in Washington D.C., park officials worry.
According to an NBC report, up to 90 percent of the pretty flowers could die if Mother Nature if the storm drops the temperature below 24 degrees, said the National Park Service.
“If we were to have…a majority or a significant number never reach peak bloom, that would be a first,” spokesman Mike Litterst told a reporter.
D.C.’s Tidal Basin reservoir, where the blossoms are visited by tourists and travelers, could experience temperatures as low as 24 degrees during the storm, the “magic number” for killing cherry buds with frost.