Monday, July 17, 2006

Too hot to even bark

Today's high temperature was predicted to get up near 100, with heat index at 110. Tomorrow is supposed to be roughly the same. I'm not sure why they're called the dog days, when my dogs don't even want to be outside on days like today.

dog days
Hot, sultry summer weather; also, a period of stagnation. The term alludes to the period between early July and early September, when Sirius, the so-called Dog Star, rises and sets with the sun. The ancient Romans called this phenomenon dies caniculares, which was translated as "dog days" in the first half of the 1500s.
"dog days." The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms. Houghton Mifflin Company, 1992. 17 Jul. 2006.

Oh. That's why.