We are entering what is generally considered by many to be the dog days of summer. The name goes back to the ancient cultures from Egypt, Greece and the Romans and in many ways carries on to this day. It is referred to as the “dog days” because the star Sirius, the brightest star in the sky, begins to rise along with the Sun during this hottest period of the year.
Sirius is called the “dog star” as it is part of the constellation Canis Major, which many ancient cultures associated with being a dog following Orion, the great hunter in the night sky. The Romans referred to the 30 day stretch from July 24 through August 24 as the “dog days” and in modern times that has been translated into the 40 warmest days of the year from early July to mid August.
If we use that definition then July 4 through August 12 would be the dog days in Fargo Moorhead.