Guest Host: Marc Fisher

The Washington Monument at dusk.

The Washington Monument at dusk.

The “dog days of summer” are upon us…or are they? They’re actually over already if you go by the origin of the phrase, marking a time when the star Sirius was at a certain point in the sky in late July. The term has taken on new meaning, bringing to mind the hot, sluggish days that come just before fall. But is this really the warmest and slowest time of year? We consider a variety of sky-high myths and weather facts about the last days of summer as we look ahead to the fall.


  • Jason Samenow Weather Editor, Washington Post and Chief Meteorologist for the Capital Weather Gang
  • Elizabeth Warner Astronomer, and Observatory Director at University of Maryland


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