Dog Days of SummerJuly 13th, 2012 at 11:42 am by Michelle Muscatello under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog
We are entering into the “Dog Days” of Summer. It’s typically the most sultry part of the summer –mid-July through mid-August in the northern hemisphere, with day after day of hot weather. The next 5-7days will be a good example as both high temperatures and high humidity will combine to make for a steamy stretch of weather.
Interestingly, the Dog Days of summer has nothing to do with your pet pooch and everything to do with the stars. The dog days is named after Sirius, the Dog Star, in the constellation Canis Major.
The dog days come when the Dog Star begins to line up with the sun. It was thought long ago that when the Dog Star aligned with the sun that they combined their energy to make the weather even hotter. Now, however, we know that no star could warm the earth as they are so far away. Sirius, in fact, is one of the brightest stars in the sky and is located 8.6 light years distance from Earth.