PANIC! PANIC! PANIC! TORONTO GOT A WHOLE 6 INCHES (15 cm) OF SNOW!
If news reports made big deals about snowstorms when I was a kid, then I do not remember them doing so. The weather was covered during the weather part of the newscast leaving the top news stories for topics such as war, natural disasters, politics, murders, robberies, etc.
The weather forecasters said that a huge snowstorm was traveling to Toronto. Fifteen to twenty centimeters (6 to 8 inches) by the time it was done. Oh no! How unusual for a winter in Canada to have a snowstorm! What will we do?
The newscasters, with fear in the voices, made the snowstorm the top story. Wars, disasters, murders, politics, etc., took a backseat. They had soundbites from the city workers who were prepared to plow the snow; soundbites from the police on how motorists should leave early, allowing for lots of time, and drive slowly; soundbites from people on the street on how they were going to cope or were coping with the snowstorm. No other news stories?
And then the snowstorm happened. It was only 15 centimeters (6 inches) if that. All that fear and panic for what? But we’re in Canada, and a snowstorm during the winter in Canada is cause for fear and panic.