Summertime brings the heat every year across the U.S. and July through early September can see some of the hottest and muggy days. This long stretch of sultry days are many times referred to as the “Dog Days of Summer”. When I was a child I thought that the dog days of summer was all about hot dogs on the grill and keeping my pet dog from getting too hot. These ideas still hold true for me, but the real origin of the “dog days of summer” can be attributed to the Greeks and Romans. It just so happens that this very hot time of year in the northern hemisphere, coincides with the appearance of Sirius, the Dog Star in the sky.
Sirius-A is the brightest star visible to the naked eye from Earth. In ancient times it was believed that the arrival of the star Sirius added extra heat in addition to the sun’s warmth and made this time of year very hot. Of course that is just a coincidence but it doesn’t make it any less easy getting through some of the hottest days of the year. So stay safe while enjoying your hot dogs during the “Dog Days of Summer” and make sure to keep your pet dogs cool too.
For Weather Nation: Meteorologist Mike Morrison