29 thoughts on “Dog Days of Summer and The Week in Review

  1. Teehee. I had forgotten how the dog days of summer term came about, but I remember researching that in the past. Would you believe it is unseasonably chill right now in my neck of the woods. We had a storm front move through yesterday that had me putting heat on. At least today it’s warmer, although still gray and dreary. I did see national weather last night and noticed you’re over 100 degrees in Texas. The temperatures they showed were insane!

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    1. It’s 105 as I write this with a heat index of 110. The A/C is working overtime but we’re staying cool inside. The good thing is the humidity levels are lower, which helps. This isn’t as the summer of 2011. There were only three or four days during July and August where we didn’t reach triple-digit highs. This heat wave isn’t forecast to last that long.

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  2. Am here on the Texas Gulf Coast, thirty miles south of Houston and thirty miles north of Galveston. It is triple digits here, too, and that’s air temperatures, not “feels like” temperatures. We are having to water our plants every evening, and still we can’t give them a deep enough drink. Guess we will have to start watering mornings too. We usually stay cocooned inside from about 10:00 a.m. on, and we have forgone our evening strolls after supper, for it is still 90 degrees at 8:30 or even nine. We have TRULY hit the dog days of summer, and BTW, I never knew where that expression originated. Thanks for the interesting information.

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    1. I can only imagine how it feels for you. We have humidity but not like it is on the gulf coast. We’re doing pretty much the same thing – staying indoors during the hottest part of the day. Thankful for airconditioning.

      Take care!

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    1. I’m staying indoors as much as possible, Craig. Your comment about mad dogs made me think of the Joe Cocker album, “Mad Dogs and Englishmen.” Haven’t thought of that one in years.

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    1. This is probably going to go down as one of our hotter summers. I can think of a few in the past – 1980, 1998, and of course the dreadful 2011. But it’s Texas. Thanks for stopping by today!

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  3. I love looking up the history behind things. I’d looked this one up before but had forgotten. Thanks for the reminder. And the great links.

    And take small comfort in knowing we’re sweltering here right along with you! (Even have the stupid Saharan dust. Go figure.)

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  4. You are right, Joan. It is HOT here in Texas! I’ve also heard the term “Dog Days of Summer” my entire life and never knew where it oriented. Thanks for sharing and stay cool!

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  5. So many things we hear growing up but we never stop to ask what they mean. Now I know. Thanks!

    I’ve been to Dallas a few times. All of my trips were in the fall. This Western Oregon would have melted in your summer heat. We’re a tad wimpy out here. 🙂

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  6. Like you, I’d heard the term but didn’t know its origins. Thanks for that useful tidbit! Have a great weekend. We have it hot and humid here too … they keep forecasting thunderstorms that don’t arrive, lols … I might have to do a rain dance 🙂

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    1. Harmony, if I could dance, I’d probably do one. But its a typical Texas summer (except for the Sahara dust). I can’t complain because I don’t really like cold weather. Have a wonderful weekend!

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