The media tends to sensationalize and create drama out of smaller events in order to generate attention and ultimately money. While I believe themes like the War on Terror are blown out of proportion to create fear, the coverage of weather-related events allows people to be aware and inform their loved ones of possible safety measures, evacuation routes, etc. The media can play an important role in saving people's lives in those situations, because they can distrubute information to a massive amount of people in very little time.
Media goes overboard in its coverage of weather-related events. Often, it is the top story which much of the coverage devoted to a major storm. This diverts attention from other news. It also involves a technical discussion that is not very useful. Many times, the storm does not occur as predicted.
No, the media is not going overboard with its coverage of weather-related events. The weather is a very important part of most people's lives and coverage of upcoming storms, or information about storms that have happened are newsworthy and valuable. In truth, the media goes overboard on coverage of most news stories but in comparison, the coverage of weather events is appropriate.
The media is not going overboard covering the weather related events. By letting people know what is going on in their area they may actually save a life. The current weather conditions is an anomaly like no other that we have seen in recent years. In order to bring attention to the changes that's happening in front of our faces, it must be shown and documented.