Saturday, August 15, 2015

Dog Days Of Summer...!

Man, we certainly have been having our share of the Dog Days. Know where that name came from? I didn't until I found the answer over at the site.

I know many of you probably already know this, but I'll put what I learned from history right here in case you forgot or didn't know, OK?

Why are they called the “dog days” of summer?

1 The sultry “dog days” of summer might spark visions of listless canines baking in the oppressive heat, but the moniker has nothing to do with panting pooches. Instead, it’s a throwback to the time when ancient civilizations tracked the seasons by looking to the sky. The ancient Greeks noticed that summer’s most intense heat occurred during the approximate 40-day period in the early summer when Sirius, the brightest star in the sky, rose and set with the sun. To them it was simple math. The daytime addition of the warmth of Sirius—ancient Greek for “glowing” or “scorcher”—to the blaze of the sun equaled extreme heat. According to Greek mythology, Sirius was the dog of the hunter Orion, and the ancient Romans placed the star in the constellation Canis Major (Latin for “Greater Dog”). The Romans thus referred to the sweltering period when the rising of the sun and Sirius converged as the “dies caniculares” or “days of the dog star.” By the 1500s, the English world began to call the same summertime point on the astronomical calendar as the “dog days.”

Due to a wobble in the Earth’s rotation that shifts the position of the stars in the night sky, the dates of the “dog days” now fall several weeks later on the calendar than they did thousands of years of ago. The ancient Egyptians 5,000 years ago noticed Sirius’s heliacal rising, when it was visible just before sunrise, just prior to the annual flooding of the Nile River and the summer solstice. Today, the precise dates vary by latitude, but the Old Farmer’s Almanac reports the traditional timing of the “dog days” in the United States is between July 3 and August 11. In approximately 10,000 years, the date of the heliacal rising of Sirius will fall back so late on the calendar that future civilizations in the northern hemisphere will experience the “dog days” of winter.

What ever you call them and no matter the's been HOT! Know what I mean, jelly bean?

Coffee in the kitchen. I got donut holes I'll share!


Chickenmom said...

Didn't know that, Mr. Hermit! 'Hope you have a couple boxes of those donut holes - they'll go fast!

JO said...

I didn't know that either. But yes it is hotter than ... well you know. Looking at 109 for at least a week with a digit 1 way or the other.

Right now it isn't to bad a perfect morning for sitting outside but then it's only 7 am so it won't last much longer

Dizzy-Dick said...

I will have to tell our pups that the "dog days" are really not for them. . . of course, every day around here is the dogs' days. They are spoiled to say the least.

HermitJim said...

Hey Phyllis...
Plenty of holes to go around. Glad to share a little wisdon from the past!
Thanks for stopping by today!

Hey Jo...
Hot is definitely the word for it.
Thanks, sweetie, for coming over today!

Hey Dizzy...
I would imagine the pups think they rule the roost. Pretty much the truth, right?
Thanks for dropping by today!