Good Question - What's The Meaning Behind 'Dog Days of Summer'?

By: Jeff Herndon Email
By: Jeff Herndon Email

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

It's hot. Some would call this time of year the "Dog Days of Summer." We say it, but why? What does it mean? Good question.

Maybe it's because it's the time of year when even a dog is too hot to go fetch. But for the true meaning of dog days, all you have to do is look to the heavens.

We had a conversation about this very subject a few days ago during a newscast. And Jay, as always, is correct. It's all about the stars when it comes to the "Dog Days." The name comes from the ancient belief that Sirius, also called the 'Dog Star,' was somehow responsible for the hot weather.

The Romans associated the hot weather with Sirius because it is the brightest star in the constellation, Canis Major, meaning Large Dog. As for the timing of Dog Days, it varies from region to region. Here in Kansas, Dog Days of Summer usually begin in mid-July and run through early September.

If you have a good question, send it to Jeff Herndon will do his best to answer your good question every Thursday on KAKE News at 6.

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