"The Dog Days, Ruff Stuff..."
Since June we have been showcasing our heat statistics that include 15 days of temperatures above 94 degree. This is on the top ten list for this category with a record 30 days noted from August 2nd through the 31st in 2011. Our consecutive overnight lows of 78 degrees makes us tied for first in that category. So every day in July we have been at 90 degrees or above. Traditionally during the Summer months we have 90 days in the 90s. Canis Major or Sirius was designated the "Dog Star" by ancient astronomers. Those crazy, ancient Romans believed that Sirius rose at sunrise and were convinced that the star was the cause of hot, sultry weather. To appease the rage of Sirius and believing that the star created the weather pattern, they sacrificed a brown dog. This began the reference of Dog Days and as the tradition progressed, the "Dog Days of Summer" ensued. Ancient Rome cataloged the Dog Days from July 24 through August 24 and The Old Farmer's Almanac has designated these 40 days from July 3rd to August 11th. Since June 20th, the sun has reached its highest point and slowly begins its track toward the equator. In 2012 there were two 101 degree days. Continue your regiment of beating the heat with lots of water, frequent breaks, and keep the air conditioning in check. Also, make sure the pets are protected, especially the brown dogs. More columns are located at www.PatShingleton.com.