Snow in NH is no surprise

Oh, dear, it snowed. A lot.

And, despite what one might have gathered from the incredible and constant coverage on television, the world did not end.

Given that every local network station (local includes Boston, of course) went wall to wall with snow/blizzard/Snowmageddon coverage, we could be forgiven for fearing the end was near.

Isn’t it marvelous, though, how every time there is an impending snowstorm/Nor’easter/blizzard, television stations seem to forget that we live in New England where snow is not all that unusual? Do they really think we need to be reminded minute by minute that the snow is coming and and there might be a great deal of it?

And there was, there was, a great deal of it, but so what? Or, as a New York Post headline writer might have it, Snow What? We’ve seen this movie before and most of us know the ending: Schools will be closed, governors will declare states of emergency, some fools will drive anyway, some bigger fools will drive less carefully than they ought to and will end up in accidents, the plows will hit the roads and clear them exceptionally well (at least in New Hampshire; never mind, Massachusetts), and in a day or two, all will be back to normal except there will be a lot of snow on the ground where, a few days before, there wasn’t. Yawn.

The argument for such exhausting coverage is that people are interested in weather stories, and that’s true. But we find it difficult to believe that so many people are so interested in so much coverage of something they’ve experienced dozens of times over the years and, assuming good health and avoidance of accidents, will experience dozens of times in the future.

Hourly updates would work just as well. How many times do we need to see some weather person standing on some beach in Massachusetts telling us that high water is a danger to homes? Break into regular programming if something of great magnitude happens but until and unless it does, stick with once an hour quick looks at what’s going on.

Really. It’s New England. Even TV people should realize that.