From the EastWing, Radar Domes, Dew Points, Dog Days and Dog Stars

Greeting to all and welcome new friends to the EastWing.

For all those who thought enough of me to inquire as to why I stopped writing stories, I didn’t stop. There were some other things that needed doing and so I done  ‘em all.

WOW!!! Not even the Dog Days of Summer and it’s  heat upon heat. Humidity unlike we’ve seen at the EastWing in a while. Also high Dew Points make for soggy days and soggy nights.  Don’t know if I ever talked about the Dew Point. As everyone knows I’m a “weatherman wannabe” The only thing my weather station out by the road is missing is live radar. The She said if I put a Radar Dome in her front garden, both me and the Dome have to go. So guess I’ll just have to struggle along without the radar.

The dew point is the temperature when the moisture in the air will start to condense on any object cooler that the that temperature. In the warmer times of the year we call that dew. That’s why the grass is wet in the early morning. The grass is cooler than the dew point. The same reason your window fog up in the air conditioned house, it’s the dew point sticking to the windows.

The dew point can be calculated at any time, day or night, year around. I’m not gonna talk about the calculations, ‘cause sure enough someone would accuse me of just trying to show off my math skills. Let’s just say it a little more complex than 5+5=?  In the cold parts of the year the calculation is  the same.

When those numbers encounter something colder, we call it frost. Now if you ever had to scrape you car window, for sure you know about frost. Even if you didn’t think about the Dew Point when you scraped the car window, in a fashion the Dew Point was thinking of you.

Over the years some of the most frequent asked weather questions have been about Dog Days.

When I was a little Hillbilly Boy in Downtown Toto,  I always thought, the dog days  were those summer days so devastatingly hot that even dogs would lie around in the shade, panting. Oh that reminds me, one of these days we’ll talk about why dogs paint, but not today.

Many people today use the phrase to mean something kinda like that like that. But originally, the phrase Dog Days actually had nothing to do with dogs, or even with the lazy days of summer. Instead, it turns out, the dog days refer to the dog star, Sirius, and its position in the heavens.

To the Greeks and Romans, the “dog days” occurred around the day when Sirius appeared to rise just before the sun, in late July. They referred to these days as the hottest time of the year, a period that could bring fever, or even catastrophe. These folks thought the reason it was so hot in July and August was there were two Suns in the sky at the same time, the Sun and Sirius, the Dog Star.

If you go back even as far as the writings of Homer in The Iliad, it’s referring to Sirius as Orion’s dog rising, and it describes the star as being associated with war and disaster.  All throughout Greek and Roman literature, you found these references to the Sun and the Dog Star being in the sky at the same time.

The phrase “dog days” was translated from Latin to English about 500 years ago. Since then, it has taken on new meanings.  Now people come up with other explanations for why they’re called the ‘dog days’ of summer, an example being, “this is when dogs can go crazy,” I heard that one a log with I was a kid. Never seen any dogs go crazy, but kept looking for one during the Dog Days Of Summer.

 This is such a classic example human tendency. When we don’t know the origin of something, we come up with a believable explanation.  Even though  the  meaning of the words  have long been   lost, the Dog Days Of Summer walks among us when the Dog Star shares the sky.

It feels good to write again. 😊

From the EastWing,  Radar Domes, Dew Points, Dog Days and Dog Stars

I Wish You Well,

BobbyRay