Here’s the headline:
Oh no it didn’t. That is pure unmitigated utter bullshit. The lunar perigee has absolutely nothing to do with weather – if it did we’d be seeing an increase in wild weather events all over the planet, not just in the SMH’s part of the world, for these few days – all perigee means is slightly higher than normal tides. Those higher tides will exacerbate wave damage due to the strong winds, but the high tides didn’t bring the low pressure trough off the eastern coast of Australia.
The astronomer they quote even points out that the perigee moon will only bring slightly higher tides, and the article juxtaposes that quote with summaries of the Bureau of Meteorology’s bad weather alerts as if they had anything to do with each other.
That headline is a shoddy beat-up for clickbait, and the SMH ought to be ashamed.