1) I believe the forecast for New York City this week was to receive something like 75 feet of snow, with temperatures hovering around -50 F. The weathermen (yes, I said men) climbed atop their doppler radar dishes to warn the victims of NY that if they stepped outside for one second their children would instantly die. As it turned out, not so much. But that didn't stop the people and the government of the nation's largest metropolis to collectively curl up into the fetal position and await The End.
2) A similar response and media-generated panic occurred when Pope John Paul II made his pastoral visit to St. Louis in 1999. There was an absence of snow, that this caused sadness among all local newscasters, as there was no need to stand on the Tamm Avenue overpass and predict mass deaths from the storm, whether that meant traffic accidents or a shortage of Bunny Bread at Schnucks or what-may-you. The JPII event was a welcome substitute, however. Predictions of Trafficocalypse caused similar warnings and yielded similar results. The Post-Dispatch remembered it recently this way: