We are currently in what many people call the dog days of summer. There are many definitions to this term but in a modern time most often this phrase is used for the hottest 40 days of the summer based on average temperatures. For most areas that would be from Independence Day through almost mid-August. In ancient Greece and Rome this period was when Sirius, the dog star, begins to be seen in the sky once again. This was the time believed to be a time of drought when dogs and humans would be driven mad by the heat. In our region, late July into August is the driest part of the summer and it is common to need rain, this year.