It looks like Lori Summers caught a funnel cloud on camera this morning in the Willamette Valley. She was travelling on French Prairie road between Brooks and Woodburn east of I-5 and saw it hanging out of the cloud.
So how do you know if it’s really a funnel cloud and not just a regular, but funny looking segment of fog/cloud? Always look for rotation. The actual “funnel” is the result of lowering pressure in the spinning column. That allows the moist air to condense into a spinning “cloud”. Of course we don’t all walk/drive around with camcorders, but we sure do get a lot more of these pictures recently with all the fancy new phones that can take good quality photos and video.
Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen