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Sign the 'Dog Days of Summer' are near?

Sign the 'Dog Days of Summer' are near?
The forecast for the next week is still generally cool and cloudy, but maybe Mother Nature is hinting that the summer sunshine is still on the way.

Steve Pace snapped this photo of an apparent dog head in the clouds on Monday around 12:15 at the north end of the runway at Joint-Base Lewis-McChord.

Pretty impressive Steve! I've always seen lots of fluffy bunnies in the clouds, but never such a pronounced dog!

By the way, in case you are curious, we are still a couple of weeks away from the official start of the Dog Days of Summer, which run July 3-Aug. 11.

The period is the 20 days before and after the "Dog star" (Sirius) rise and set at the same time as the sun. Southern Europeans though that star, which is the brightest star in the nighttime sky, added heat to the sun and was what caused the hottest days of the year. Thus those 40 days have since become known as the Dog Days of Summer.

A blog I wrote last year has more information on the Dog Days of summer (complete with star chart!) if you want more information.