Thursday, July 21, 2011

Dog Days of Summer

We’re in the midst of what folks call the Dog Days often the hottest days of summer.

The Old Farmer's Almanac lists the traditional timing of the Dog Days: the 40 days beginning July 3 and ending August 11, coinciding with the heliacal (at sunrise) rising of the Dog Star, Sirius.

The rising of Sirius does not actually affect the weather (some of our hottest and most humid days occur after August 11), but for the ancient Egyptians, Sirius appeared just before the season of the Nile’s flooding, so they used the star as a “watchdog” for that event.

Since its rising also coincided with a time of extreme heat, the connection with sultry weather was made for all time. And, just how hot is it where you live?

Dog Days bright and clear
Indicate a happy year.
But when accompanied by rain,
for better times our hopes are vain.



Cartoon Characters said...

we haven't had much summer at all. This morning you could see your breath.

Even when the sun peeks out, it's cool.

This am the thermometer said "55F"

It's so discouraging. My tomatoes are going to get moldy.....

FriggenPhysco said...

I think S.A.L. said the heat index for today is 104 degrees...BLEH! I sweat just by playing my keyboard :-(

Little old me...

My photo
An american yankee up past the 49th parellel.


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