updated 11/1/2005 7:55:08 AM ET 2005-11-01T12:55:08

Weeks of heavy rain from Maine to Maryland made last month the wettest October on record in many East Coast cities, meteorologists reported Monday.

Ross Dickson of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said the jet stream allowed tropical moisture from the remnants of several Gulf Coast hurricanes to flow north, where the rain lingered.

“That was the problem,” Dickson said. “It just sat there and didn’t go anywhere for a while.”

The rainiest spot in the Northeast was New York’s Central Park, where 16.73 inches fell to eclipse a 102-year record of 13.31 inches.

Washington; Baltimore; Philadelphia; Atlantic City, N.J.; Albany, N.Y.; and Bridgeport, Conn., all reported their wettest October, according to Kathryn Vreeland, a meteorologist at Cornell University’s Northeast Regional Climate Center.

In several other cities, it wasn’t just the wettest October but the wettest month on record, including Newark, N.J.; Providence, R.I.; Allentown, Pa.; Concord, N.H.; and Islip, N.Y.

The last time the Northeast experienced such a widespread soaking was August 1955, when Hurricane Diane lumbered up the East Coast, Vreeland said.

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