1925 was extremely dry across the southeastern part of the nation. In fact, the summer of 1925 was the driest on record in Alabama. The drought would only be equaled in some places by the Dust bowl days of the 1930. The atmosphere heats up when the sun heats the ground and then the ground radiates or transfers the heat created by the sun back into the low atmosphere, heating the air. Normally some of the sun’s energy is used not to heat the ground but rather to evaporate any moisture in the soil. Since the ground was dry and dusty all that happened was that the ground baked away. The stage was set for the greatest September heatwave in Alabama history. Many cities would see their highest temperatures ever that September. That included Centreville, which set the state's all-time high temperature record at 112° F on Sept. 5, 1925. An incredible feat for the month of September. No other state has an all-time record high temperature set in September, most are in July or early August. By September the length of daylight is shortening and it’s harder for the sun to do it’s work – but not that exceptional year. In fact, on September 5, 1925 every reporting station in Alabama had a high temperature above 100°, a feat that has never been repeated. All across the state daily high temperatures set records.
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