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One of the most popular events in Washington, D.C. each year is the National Cherry Blossom Festival. It takes place in early April.
People from around the world come to see the beautiful pink and white blossoms on almost 1,700 flowering cherry trees.
The city's first cherry trees were a gift from Japan to the United States in 1912. About 100 of them are still alive. They are planted in Southwest Washington, along the Potomac River and a body of water called the Tidal Basin.
The cherry trees are a short walk from a number of major monuments, like the Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial and Washington Monument.
Over 1 million people travel to Washington each year to see the trees.
However, there is a small problem. The weather in Washington has been unusually warm the past few weeks.
On March 1, the temperature rose to about 27 degrees Celsius!
Small buds can already be seen on the cherry trees. These growths will turn into flowers sooner than usual.
In fact, this may be the earliest year ever for cherry blossoms. Experts say the trees will look their best between March 14 and March 17.
The U.S. National Park Service says that may break the record of March 15, set in 1990.
Many people would like to see the blossoms come later.
One Facebook user says Washington needs a break from large crowds. Jack Potter wrote: "we just had the inauguration, we don't need more tourists!"
Twitter user April Wolfe is worried that the early bloom is evidence of climate change. She wrote: "I want to like this, because who doesn't like cherry blossoms? But then I think #climatechange."
The cherry blossoms are fragile. They do not last long and easily break apart. High winds or a heavy rain storm can knock them off the trees.
That is why there are still a lot of springtime events planned to celebrate the ties between Japan and the United States. If you like things that fly high in the sky, there is the Blossom Kite Festival on April 1 and 2. And the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade will take place on April 8.
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The cherry blossom came out early in Washington this year.
...a newly restored monument commemorating a 119-year-old tragedy.
The fragile economies of several southern African nations could be irreparably damaged.
4.high wind n.疾风
Sturdy grass withstands high wind; true gold stands the test of fire.
疾风知劲草， 烈火见真金 。
1.High winds or a heavy rain storm can knock them off the trees.
knock... off... 把……击落，从……减去
We have knocked 10% off admission prices.
Knock the apples off the tree.
2.These growths will turn into flowers sooner than usual.
turn into... 变成……
He turned those sentences into English.
to turn failure into success
华盛顿哥伦比亚特区最受欢迎的盛事之一就是一年一度的国家樱花节 。樱花节每年四月初举行 。
华盛顿市的第一批樱桃树是日本于1912送给美国的一份礼物 。其中有大约100棵还活着 。这些樱花树苗种在了华盛顿西南部——波托马克河和一个叫潮汐湖的水域沿岸 。
不过有一个小问题 。华盛顿的天气过去的几周都很暖和 。
樱桃树上已经能看到小小的花骨朵 。而花期要比往常早一些 。
实际上，今年可能是樱花花期最早的一年 。有专家说，这片樱花树在3月14-17日之间是开得最美的时段 。
脸书上的一名网友写道，华盛顿需要远离人群休息一下 。杰克 波特写道，“总统的就职典礼刚举行过，我们不需要更多游客了！”
而推特用户艾谱莉 乌尔夫担心，花期提前是气候变化的表现 。艾谱莉写道：“我想这样，毕竟谁不喜欢樱花盛开呢？但是随后我又想到#气候变化 。”
樱花盛开如昙花一现 。花期不会持续很久，而且很快就会散开 。疾风或是大雨就能让樱花从树上坠落 。
这也是人们依然策划很多春季活动来纪念美日关系的原因 。如果你喜欢在天上放风筝，这里在4月1日和2日会有风筝节 。4月8日还有樱花节大游行 。