Dog days   Leave a comment

Today is my third day of classes, and everything is going well. Except, of course, for this awful heat! It’s 91° right now, with 43% humidity. Not pleasant. I’m sure they’d consider this to be balmy weather in other parts of the world, but as far as I’m concerned it’s nasty and oppressive and needs to go away.

“Dog days,” by the way, is a term that refers to the time between July and early September when the hottest and most stifling weather of the year occurs. It refers to Sirius, the “Dog Star,” the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major, which in the time of the Romans appeared on the horizon just before sunrise during this time of the year. It was thought that the star was responsible for the hot weather.

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Posted September 1, 2010 by benjaminsapiens in personal

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