The dog days of summer...what does that mean? Webster says it's the days between early July and early September when the hot sultry weather of summer occurs in the northern hemisphere and/or it's a period of stagnation or inactivity. The words 'dog days' have something to do with the constellations and the dog star, Sirius, rising and setting with the sun. It was once believed that the heat of this star added to the heat of the sun, resulting in those sultry days. Over time and with the shifting of the earth, these days, today, are supposed to take place between July 3 and August 11.
Sultry, stagnant, inactive...yep, they're here. I've felt it all week.
Some sultry places from the archives...
|Flowers in Mexico|
|Sandy Hook, New Jersey|