“Dog days of summer”. We hear that saying quite frequently and when a friend shared this picture with me, it immediately came to mind. I think this picture and the weather that most of the country is experiencing right now kind of explains it all, but I decided do a little research and find out where that saying came from.
“Dog days of summer” is the name for the most sultry period of summer. For those of us living in the Northern Hemisphere, that would fall between early July and early September. The meaning apparently all comes from the stars and the ancient belief that Sirius, also called the ‘Dog Star,’ was somehow responsible for the hot weather. Sirius is the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major (Large Dog) and in the summer rises and sets with the sun. The people who lived in ancient times believed that its heat added to the heat of the sun, creating a stretch of hot and sultry weather.
We are happy that Emma found a nice place to relax and stay cool in these “dog days of summer”. How about you? What is the weather like where you live and how are you surviving this summer?