It's raining really hard!
I have a "severe weather warning" icon in my system tray. It's lit up now and this is what it says:
...ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS AND POSSIBLE COLD CORE FUNNELS...
NUMEROUS SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS HAVE DEVELOPED THIS AFTERNOON THROUGHOUT THE WILLAMETTE VALLEY AND THE LOWER COLUMBIA AND I-5 CORRIDOR. THESE SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS SHOULD CONTINUE THROUGH MID TO LATE AFTERNOON...WITH THE STRONGEST OF THESE BEING NORTH OF SALEM WHERE MODELS INDICATE THE BEST INSTABILITY WILL REMAIN. THE PRIMARY THREAT FROM THESE SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS IS HEAVY RAIN ALONG WITH SMALL HAIL.
ADDITIONALLY...THIS TYPE OF AIR MASS IS ALSO CONDUCIVE TO THE FORMATION OF COLD-CORE FUNNELS. AT 1220 PM A SPOTTER REPORTED SEEING A FUNNEL CLOUD IN LINN COUNTY...BETWEEN CORVALLIS AND ALBANY OREGON. COLD-CORE FUNNEL CLOUDS DO NOT USUALLY TOUCH THE GROUND. HOWEVER...IF THEY DO TOUCH THE GROUND THEY ARE DANGEROUS AND CAN BE DAMAGING.
I don't think we've ever had a tornado in Oregon...
I suppose it could happen out there. We had a funnel cloud in our neighborhood last Thursday - I watched it form and begin spinning at the base of a cloud, and then the whole side of the cloud, including the funnel, disappeared in a strong wind gust. I called home to my parents who told me back in Owensboro, KY, strong storms have moved through every night around midnight.
I lived 31 years in Owensboro without a single tornado touchdown; we've lived through 3 since 2000. Shoot, I believe my county (Daviess) has had more touchdowns in the past 5 years than the Cincinnati Bengals have had since 1988!