Back in the 70's, we lived in Hawaii for two years. There was little live network TV (we called the morning NBC Show the "Yesterday Show.") I found it somewhat amusing that the Hawaiian language has no word for weather, nor did the local TV news shows have any kind of weather report. What was to report? Sun, sun, rainbow, breezes, temperature 75, sun, sun....you get the picture. Lovely but actually, I found it quite boring.
Here in Maine, we tend to stay tuned to the weather reports, only because we want to know if the weather is going to be conducive to outside activity (e.g., do I have time to get a walk in before that storm hits?). The winter weather reports tend to be of the "oh...by the way, we're going to get about 3-5" of snow today, so be careful driving." And we're on to the sports report.
Yesterday, however, when the weather person said the expected accumulation was going to be measured in feet, not inches, we all paid attention! Our wood pile is stocked, there's bottled water for cooking (AND COFFEE), we've ground enough coffee to use the French press for at least 48 hours, the emergency phone # for the power company is on the wall by the phone, new batteries are in flashlights, and most important, the books to be read have been identified and the clip on book lights are ready to go.
As you can see above, we're in a small lull between storms - have about 3-5" on the ground right now, but I'm thinkin' 16-20 when it's all over.
BTW...if I don't post for a few days, it may not be due to power loss. Our internet comes through a sattelite dish on the roof. When the dish gets buried in snow, we tend to go "down" for a while.