WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- It was a windy start to April 1 and a not so picturesque scene, yet, at the Tidal Basin.

Some students who came to visit the nation's during spring break didn't get to create their own memories with the famous flowers.

"This is seasonally warmer than it is South Bend and now the weather's changing for the worse," said Byron Sanders, a middle school principal from Indiana. "We're anxious to get back on the bus to go home."

The National Parks Service says an "indicator" tree bloomed this past weekend. On average, the other trees bloom a week after the indicator. However, the forecast is expected to be cooler than average for the next few days.

We are told last year was the earliest bloom in the last decade - on March 20. In 2005, the peak bloom was delayed to April 9.

The standing gift of of the trees arrived from Tokyo to D.C. in 1912. This year, the National Cherry Blossom Festival is expected to bring about 1.2 million visitors to the nation's capital. They're expected to spend about 126 million dollars - that's $105 per person.

"I really love how it started as a gift, and it's become a cultural exchange from Japan to the U.S.," said NCBF Ex-Officio Paul MacLardy. "And every year it grows."

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