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The bark being silenced in the middle of Dog Days

Our family dog, Pebbles, sitting in the North Carolina sun.

The 'Dog Days of Summer' are more than just a wives tale. The Dog Days run from 20 days before Sirius (the dog star) rises in conjunction with the sun until 20 days after. Typically, this comes between July 3rd until August 11th.

This was first brought up by the Greeks around 700 B.C., when they thought that the two stars were combining their energy to make the Earth hotter. As we have come to know, however, no one star can amount to the energy that the sun delivers.

So far, the Dog Days have been the hottest point in the year for us, as this set off a stretch of 14 days of 90° heat in about three weeks.

This is typically the time of year in which we do hit 90° the most. On average, 21% of our 90° heat comes during the Dog Days.

Right now, however, the pooch is losing its spunk and is taking a chill pill. After a cold front passed on Friday, drier air has moved in and cooler nights are the result. Sunday night may very well challenge old record territory, as temperatures drop into the 50s.

While much of the week ahead looks to be fairly status quo, with highs each afternoon in the 80s - next weekend has the potential to cool down again. That all depends on how far the jet stream (high winds at airplane level) drop down. The farther the jet drops, the cooler things will get.

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