doppler radar mapLast year was Central Park's wettest year since… 2003. Okay, not too exciting. We did have the wettest October ever, so that's something to tell the grandkids about. On the temperature side of things 2005 was the warmest year since 2002! Okay, also not too exciting. What's remarkable about last year's temperature is the stretch of almost continuously above average temperatures from early June until the first of December. The new year is starting slow for Gothamist but we'll throw a couple of graphs recapping 2005 onto the Flickr group later in the week.

This year is starting out wet. Rain is expected later today, but the real moisture arrives tomorrow. A nor'easter is currently forming off the coast to our south. Strong easterly to northeasterly winds will be the rule tomorrow. The winds will push water into Long Island Sound, Peconic Bay, and other locations. High tides are expected to be a couple of feet higher than normal tomorrow morning and even higher Wednesday morning so the National Weather Service has issued a Coastal Flood Watch.

Even if you're not on the shore you're likely to get wet tomorrow. Tuesday should start out foggy, windy and rainy and end up with a windy and charming rain/sleet/freezing rain/snow mix tomorrow night. Wednesday will be a day of calm before the rain/freezing rain/snow fun begins again that night and most of Thursday. Happy New Year!

Doppler 4000 radar image, which we all know is twice as good as Doppler 2000 radar, from WNBC-4.