"A Twister... Captured..."
Social media provides an excellent addition to our weather presentations. Wednesday's super cell threw down two inches of rain in less than an hour, initiating flash flooding. Our weather watchers responded with shots of the storm's impact. As noted in a previous column, photographic technology increased after the Civil War. On August 28, 1884, F.N. Robinson, in the Dakota Territory, captured what was thought to be the first picture of a tornado. Weatherwise Magazine published the picture, including a thunderstorm cloud with two funnels. A debris cloud is visible and was part of an outbreak that killed six with property damage and loss of livestock. Updated research noted that four months earlier on April 26th in Garnett, Kansas, A.A. Adams photographed another tornado officially becoming the first twister picture.