2005_10_njfloods.jpgThe tropical disturbance that was partially responsible for Saturday's rain is gone. The cold front that brought us the rest of the rain is still around, having stalled over the eastern Atlantic. As long as the front sits there we're in for cool, cloudy, rainy conditions. Right now the greatest chance of rain appears to be tomorrow night into Wednesday. We won't get nearly as much rain as over the weekend but the ground is saturated and flooding is likely. What's more, the onshore winds bringing us the gloomy skies will also push up the tides, possibly causing coastal erosion and flooding. Think of it as storm surge lite!

What a rain it was! Amounts increased from southeast to northwestwest. A little over an inch in the Hamptons, four-and-a-half inches in Central Park, and a whopping twelve inches in the Orange County town of New Windsor. The rain we had this weekend was more than what we got in September, August and the last half of July combined. No wonder there was flooding throughout the northeast.

Way further to the east than our stalled cold front is Tropical Storm Vince. Vince formed very rapidly and briefly got up to hurricane strength yesterday. The storm is unusual in that it formed so far north and east in the Atlantic –between the Azores and Portugal. Vince is the 22nd named tropical storm this year, making 2005 the second-busiest tropical storm season in history. One more real name, Wilma, before its on to the Greek alphabet! And because it is Monday, Gothamist thought we would leave you with this utterly depressing story from the Miami Herald of the National Hurricane Center's chronic underfunding and how that has led to poor observations and blown forecasts.

AP photo of Ramapo River flooding by Mike Derer.