People who picked the Blizzards in their first bracket got eliminated Tuesday. Team Opinion, however, is moving ahead as planned. Here are a few laughs and a few reminders that forecasting is more an art than a science.

Pointing Out

Blast from the past

An editorial in Newsday on Jan. 7, 1948, read, “In a moment of good feeling today we were about to record in this column that officials and personnel in charge of snow removal at the time of the Big Snow deserved a good pat on the back for doing a fine job, under circumstances extraordinary to say the least. Then we started going over the trail, and doubts began creeping in. Next we conferred with our far-flung spies around Nassau and Suffolk and decided not to make up a big bouquet just yet.”

Look carefully at the last few paragraphs of that 1948 editorial, which asks, “Why keep all these duplicate authorities in Nassau, anyhow?”

Daily Point

Cuomo in fleece

It was, with apologies to Yogi Berra, a bit of deja vu all over again.

There was Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo around noon on Tuesday, standing in his storm jacket at the Dix Hills rest area on the Long Island Expressway presenting a weather update, flanked by Long Island’s two county executives, Suffolk’s Steve Bellone and Nassau’s Edward Mangano, and its newest town supervisor, Joseph Saladino of Oyster Bay, whom Cuomo praised generously.

Another storm, another news conference, another set of rueful we’ve-got-to-stop-meeting-like-this grins.

Cuomo acknowledged the frequency of these weather-related gatherings, and compared his six-year tenure as governor with the 12 years his late father, Mario, was head of the state.

“I’ve had twice the number of federal disasters than my father had in one-half the time,” Cuomo said.

Michael Dobie

Reference Point

The more things change, the more they stay the same

Take a trip down snowstorm memory lane and see how Newsday’s editorial board covered storms in the past.

Pencil Point

Shorts to ski jackets

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