And why they are called Dog Days
With few exceptions, almost every day this summer has been delightful. The kind of weather you want to bottle and sell to those not fortunate enough to live here. But on the few exception days, I really felt for our dog who spent those days panting and drooling. Dog Days of summer they call them, the sultriest period of the year from early July to early August. Dog Days got the name from observers in countries bordering the Mediterranean. The period was reckoned as extending from 20 days before and 20 days after the conjunction of Sirius, which is the Dog Star, and the sun. Sirius is the brightest star visible from any part of the Earth and part of the constellation Canis Major, the Greater dog. The Romans believed it actually gave off heat and added to the sun’s warmth, accounting for the long stretch of hot weather. Gratefully, I think that stretch is over for this year.