The sun, moon and vast array of stars littering the night sky were all essential in generating life on Earth. However, it could have turned out much differently, leaving the planet to float aimlessly, desolate and lifeless, across the cold expanse of space for all time.
A plane carrying 58 people crashed in Taiwan Wednesday evening local time amid heavy rain and gusty winds from Typhoon Matmo.
Warm and humid air in place over much of the Northeast at midweek will contribute to the risk of drenching, gusty and locally severe thunderstorms on Wednesday.
After temperatures briefly climb to typical midsummer levels, another cooldown will roll into the Midwest and expand to the East for the last part of July.
With the recent heat fading away, more relief will greet the Northwest by midweek in the form of rain.
After pounding Taiwan, Typhoon Matmo is now bringing heavy rain and gusty winds to eastern China.
Hurricane Delores, west of Baja California, causes high surf along the Southern California coast.
Minneapolis, MN (1987)
10 inches of rain fell in 6.5 hours.
Montpelier, ID (1990)
75 mph winds gust; tree damage.