One would think that a certain degree of healthy skepticism would have led Richard W. Miller and Commonweal to fact-check Miller’s assertion in “Global Suicide Pact” (March 23) that in 2010 “northwestern Pakistan received 16.5 feet [Miller’s emphasis] of rain over a five-day period.” While several blogs report such figures, the facts do not support them. AccuWeather.com, in its August 5, 2010, “Pakistan Flood in More Detail” posting, reported that “two-day rainfall reached at least 40 cm, or 16 inches [emphasis mine], in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa” province at the site of the most deadly flooding in northwestern Pakistan. Wikipedia’s page on extreme weather records in Pakistan reports record rainfalls in July 2010 of 16.3 inches in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The Arizona State University World Meteorological Organization’s listing of record rainfalls on its World Weather/Climate Extremes Archive has no listing for Pakistan. In fact none of the short-term records (twelve-hour, twenty-four-hour, forty-eight-hour, ninety-six-hour, and ten-day) occurred inland. They all belong to Réunion, an island east of Madagascar. According to the Weather Channel website, Réunion Island holds multiple global rainfall records due to its unique geography and its location in the path of tropical cyclones.