The Dog Days of Summer

Published on 8/24/2021

The Dog Days of Summer.  Contrary to popular belief, the peculiar name for this time of year has nothing to do with the weather that “isn’t fit for a dog.”  Actually, Dog Days refers to the one- to two-month interval in which a particularly bright star rises and sets with the sun, shining during the daylight hours but remaining hidden at night. This bright star is known as Sirius, the Dog Star or Alpha Canis Majoris. The first reference to the star comes from the seventh century BC, translating to “searing” or “scorching.”  Sound familiar?  My grass thinks so. 

It’s not all bad though. Many plants like the hot nights (my green peppers are producing like crazy). And the scorching hot days are great opportunities to jump in the lake, enjoy ice-cold watermelon and laze around in the hammock. 

Maybe I will look for the star while I am there.

Dog sitting in front of fan