thanks for all the helpful responses, but as they say, god helps those who help themselves.
if any of you have this problem, here is what happened to me.
the crank position sensor has a lead that come up from the transmission bellhousing where the sensor is located. that wire then connects into the harness right behind the throttle body. water was leaking down from between the hood and the cowl right on where all these connectors are, soaking them. After 183,754 miles the wires had frayed a bit and the water shorted out the connection, rendering the CPS inoperable. I dried the area out with a hair dryer then sealed everything up with some RTV, works fine now and it's still raining. Of course, I'll also remake a gasket for where the hood and the cowl meet, but for now, problem solved.
Thanks for all your help.