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  • Writer's pictureMatt Jolley

The Dog Days of Summer

GEORGIA RADIO - Technically, we're past the "Dog Days" of summer according to The Old Farmer's Almanac. Officially, those days were over August 11th, but who's counting, it's still hot and humid. "In ancient Greece and Rome, the Dog Days were believed to be a time of drought, bad luck, and unrest, when dogs and men alike would be driven mad by the extreme heat! Today, the phrase doesn’t conjure up such bad imagery. Instead, the Dog Days are associated purely with the time of summer’s peak temperatures and humidity." According the almanac.

The article goes on to say "This period of sweltering weather coincides with the year’s heliacal (meaning “at sunrise”) rising of Sirius, the Dog Star. Sirius is part of the constellation Canis Majoris—the “Greater Dog”—which is where Sirius gets its canine nickname, as well as its official name, Alpha Canis Majoris. Not including our own Sun, Sirius is the brightest star in the sky." Either way, it's still hot this week here on Fair Chance Farm with forecasts expecting us to see 97 on Saturday!

I'm planning a long weekend of sitting in the creek under a shade tree. Next week, we'll fight the heat together with some cool music and new shows. Classic Country & Request kicks off Monday evening at 7pm ET. Send over those requests, and stay cool.

Matt Jolley



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