I live in So. Cal. We get rain about 10 times a year in a good year. So why is it that the local news broadcasts, even on a sunny day like today, have "Winter Storm Watch 2009" as one of their top stories? I understand them sending out reporters to the local mountains to show us the snow, but do we really need a reporter standing out in Fountain Valley, telling us it's not raining? Duh. How about just a short report telling us the accumulation up to now, the expected accumulation, how many days it will rain, and when it will stop?
Maybe it makes sense to those born in So. Cal, but I grew up in the Midwest, and lived in Upstate NY for a few years. They'd have a short report on the weather, only going beyond a few minutes when it was exceptionally cold (below freezing) or when there was going to be significant accumulation. Here, if it's below 50, they report on the "bone-chilling cold" (actual quote from a day it was 47 degrees), and tout the expertise of their "Meteorology Team" and their "Storm Tracker 7000" or whatever. Here's a news flash for ya, Channel 7 -- rain in HD looks pretty much the same as rain in regular def.