JSTOR’s weekly digest included an abbreviated version of this timely article on this (locally) insufferable time of year:
Long, Eleanor R. “How the Dog Got Its Days: A Skeptical Inquiry into Traditional Star and Weather Lore.” Western Folklore 43, no. 4 (1984): 256-64.
Image credit: Science, Industry and Business Library: General Collection , The New York Public Library. “La licorne, le grand chien.” New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed July 7, 2016. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47dc-8888-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99