Earliest tornado photographs have come a long way

While perhaps not well known, a tornado photograph by A.A. Adams is said to be taken on April 26, 1884. (On TV recently, NBC even mentioned this one). Adams, who operated a photo gallery in the small railroad town of Westphalia, Kansas, snapped the photo of the storm from a downtown street corner. ("Snapped" is likely a generous word to use, as early cameras took far longer than today's to capture). In 1884, the photo shows a less-powerful but well-defined tornado in the rope stage, just as it was dissipating. Because of the tornado's slow progress, Adams had time to set up his camera, according to Weatherwise.

Storm chasing is serious business

Likely little time to seek safe refuge. Advancements in technology have given people greater access to tornado photography, but being at the front lines of an unfolding disaster today is extremely dangerous, according to the article. 

“Even today, it's almost impossible for a photograph or a movie to capture the true terrifying majesty of a tornado,” Albert Theberge, the acting head of reference at the NOAA central library told Slate.com. “When you get up close, and you see houses being ripped apart and debris falling into the sky and swirling around, you realize…these are pretty powerful forces that we're dealing with." Today, we can both capture tornado photos more quickly and also find a safe room to protect human life during a tornado.

Interesting turns into safety talk

Let's let this morning's nasty weather be a great reminder of planning for our personal safety. Now that we know about the first-known photographed tornado, the important question now is, Where will you go now when a tornado looms nearby? Well, where will you go?

Why fear when you can get into your safe room?

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