Saturday, January 04, 2014

Let's Check the Weather

When did the weather become the most important news of the day?  Especially on the eastern seaboard, where it snows hard every. single. year.

CNN has spent all day yesterday showing pictures of various towns and cities that are snow covered, and the reporters are  seen sliding and shivering and trying to suggest that thirteen inches of snow are something unusual in that part of the country.  They have stopped short of calling it the blizzard of the century, but you can see that they would love to describe it that way.

I watched one newswoman standing on a snowy sidewalk, earnestly explaining that to get to the street, she would have to climb over packed snow that the snowplows left, in order to get to the curb and hail a cab. When she tried to demonstrate this difficulty, she climbed up and over the snow as sure-footed as a mountain goat, without a slip or a slide and there was a cab, just waiting for her. So much for the dangers of climbing over a foot of packed snow.

Occasionally, they will show an overweight, middle-aged man laboriously shoveling his sidewalk, but the cameras cut away quickly, before he has a coronary from the unusual exertion. 

Come on, people!  It's winter! I realize the politicians are all out of town, subjecting themselves to a verbal pummeling by their constituents in their home states, which they will ignore when they get back to their real homes - Washington, D.C.

But, surely there is some other news out there worthy of reporting.

Stay tuned. 


Olga said...

I admit it, I watch those weather snippets and smile in smug satisfaction that it is not me.

Olga said...

BTW, they have named the storm Hercules.

Arkansas Patti said...

I look at the snow news in pure envy. I love and crave snow. It is presently a case of wind blown flurries, not very impressive.