WeatherTalk: Dog Days of summer are here
Sirius is a bright, early morning star seen this time of year.
FARGO — The Dog Days of Summer are here. Ancient Romans referred to this stretch from late July through late August as the “dog days” because of Sirius, the Dog Star. Astronomers of ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome noticed the correlation between the presence of Sirius and the latter days of summer when the hot weather is often at its most brutal and most tiresome.
Sirius is called the “dog star” because it is the brightest star of the constellation Canis Major — the big dog — which follows Orion — the great hunter — in the night sky. This time of year in our region, Sirius is a very bright, early morning star, which rises just ahead of the rising sun. Many ancients believed the proximity of this star to the sun at this time of year caused unhealthy summer weather.