Bureau of Meteorology shoots down NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet’s ‘one-in-a-one thousand-year’ claim


An expert has poured cold water on the NSW Premier’s bizarre claim the wild weather lashing parts of the state hadn’t been seen since since the year 1022.

Dominic Perrottet raised eyebrows on Tuesday when he described the storm as a “one-in-a-one thousand-year event,” with the line picked-up by multiple media outlets to describe the unfolding flooding emergency.

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Sunrise co-host Davic Koch asked Bureau of Meteorology Senior Meteorologist Sarah Scully on Wednesday “where the hell” Mr Perrottet would got the wrong information from.

“You’d have to go back to the Magna Carta to try make that judgement,” he said.

Ms Scully replied: “he didn’t get it from us.”

Dominic Perrottet wrongly said the state was experiencing a “one-in-a-one thousand-year event,” Credit: Getty Images

Despite not being the worst storm in a millenium, Ms Scully said the wild weather had caused “devastating flooding” and warned that more rain is on the way.

“More showers and storms are forecast into tomorrow and towards the end of the week, with the potential for severe storms with heavy rainfall and damaging wind gusts as well,” she said of flood-hit northern NSW and south-east Queensland.

Greater Sydney is also set to be lashed by dangerous downpours from midday Wednesday.

We’re expecting the intensity of the showers and the rainfall to increase throughout today, continuing into tomorrow,” she explained.

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