There are no shortage of examples. And tonight we have another.
The New York City Dept. of Sanitation - trying mightily to avoid another blizzard embarrassment - tonight issuing a "snow alert" starting at midnight tonight, "FOR THE POTENTIAL OF A LIGHT DUSTING OF SNOW ONLY." (Caps are mine.)
The snow alert means the snow plows and salt trucks begin their initial readiness. The truth is that there's no snow in the forecast for tonight and tomorrow. But it's great to know that the City is getting ready.
Meteorologist Lee Goldberg tonight at 11 is tracking some snow and rain that's coming Wednesday and Thursday. Ug. Make that double ug. The month-long winter seems like it's lasted 6 months already.
Also at 11, while Mayor Bloomberg's staff tries to avoid another blizzard fiasco, the Mayor himself is asking the President to tackle the issue of gun control in tomorrow night's State of the Union address. Today, Mr. Bloomberg, with the son of Martin Luther King at his side, offered that 34 Americans are killed every day with a gun - and most of those guns are illegal.
He wants Pres. Obama to take charge of the gun control debate - and use the federal government to crack down on guns.
Mr. Obama has tended to shy away from the issue. We'll see.
And we have a story about a new "app" that lets you take advantage of store coupons. No clipping, no snipping. Just scan products with your smart phone.
We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Rob Powers with the night's sports, including the Jets cleaning out their lockers after last night's loss to the Steelers in the AFC Championship game.
I hope you can join Liz Cho and me, tonight at 11.