In recorded world history, 24 of the 30 deadliest hurricanes occurred between 1280 and 1965. All 10 deadliest tornados occurred between 1551 and 1977. Nine of the top 10 deadliest floods occurred between 1099 and 1938. The summer of 2012 was the third hottest on record; the "dust bowl" summer of 1936 being the hottest.
In summary, real science shows us that recent weather events pale in comparison with what has come before in recorded history. It also shows us that current droughts, floods and changes in temperature pale in comparison to what transpired in the last 20 million years. What is occurring with the earth's climate is totally natural and will change. We should be thankful for the blessing of the little warmth we have now, rather than the extreme cold that will surely come to pass.
Von Albert Ehman
More coverage needed of women in sports
Your March 8 sports section announced: "Four WVU women earn All-Big 12 basketball honors." I almost considered this progress, except that page one featured yet another story about the inexplicable woes of the men's team.
This year the women's team has been nationally ranked during the season, pulled 13,000-plus fans for its game with Baylor, beat some nationally ranked teams, and has a win-loss record certainly better than the men's team. Nevertheless, the only major Gazette article has been a condescending explanation of why Mike Carey shouldn't expect better attendance at women's games.
At least half the time, the Gazette doesn't even report scores of the women's games, much less report Big 12 rankings on the women's side. Two years ago, I complained that women's games being broadcast by Public Broadcasting were not included in TV listings
Gazette coverage of women's sports on the high school level does appear to be very good. But Mitch Vingle's contention that no one is interested in Mountaineer women's basketball is first, untrue and second, a self-fulfilling prophecy. No one will be interested if no one can easily find out anything about it. Frankly, I would have been more interested in reading about first-teamer Chrystal Caldwell than Denis Kilicili's bewilderment (for the tenth time).
However, there is always the Beckley paper. Its sports section featured the following: "WVU women faring much better than men." Now there's a headline.