Almost a Funnel Cloud!

An impressive line of showers moved through the eastside metro area between 2:30-3:30pm.  One turned particularly strong over Parkrose and Government Island, passing directly over the NWS office.  Notice the image above shows the radar reflectivity, with 62 dbz showing up in the pink area.  But there’s more…definite rotation with this storm today.  Check out the “shear tracks” on our radar system, showing areas where there was directional shear in the atmosphere:

 37 mph is pretty impressive for us, in fact I only saw 22 mph shear when a funnel cloud showed up over Milwaukie about a month ago.  So there could easily have been a funnel cloud or weak tornado over the Columbia River or anywhere just east of I-205 today.  Of course 30 minutes later the storm is weaker and already in the Cascades.  Classic west side “here one minute, gone the next” funnel cloud producer.  But so far we’ve received no reports…

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

46 Responses to Almost a Funnel Cloud!

  1. k5mitch says:

    I was driving from 148th toward 122ne & Sandy and drove right thru that mess at around 3:00 p.m.I was watching for a funnel but never saw one…

  2. Timmy_Supercell (Klamath Falls @ 4200') says:

    **** ********

    🙂

    That language is the best.

  3. MasterNate says:

    Was this a record cold high for today?

  4. Boydo3 N. Albany 500' says:

    We live vicariously thru death and destruction in someone else’s back yard.

    • Brian says:

      Why would you have a glass skylight anywhere where hail gets bigger than grape sized on a routine basis?

  5. AlohaWeather says:

    There is a tornado warning for Oregon City
    ….
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    ….
    ,California

    • W7ENK says:

      There’s an Oregon City in California???

    • Mback says:

      Not cool with the 7:50pm comment W7ENK, not cool at all and I hope Mark removes it. What happened to having class?

    • Mback says:

      Read your comment. You think it was appropriate to put an offensive word like that on a weather blog and put stars where some of the letters should be?

    • W7ENK says:

      Wow, really??? Jesus man, I didn’t realize anyone would be so ******* sensitive about one ****** ******* word…

      Here’s a list:

      ****
      ****
      ****
      ****
      *****
      ***
      ****
      ****
      ****
      ****
      ****
      and
      ****

      If you can figure out which is which, I’ll give you a cookie! 😆

      Or, some people could just lighten up and not get their panties all in a twist?

    • Jesse-Orchards says:

      This is deliciously ironic. 😆

    • W7ENK says:

      Don’t even, Jesse… don’t you even start.

    • Jesse-Orchards says:

      😉

    • Derek Hodges says:

      I usually steer clear of these things but W7 that was pretty childish the way you reacted to MBack’s comment.

      Clean up time Mark?

    • W7ENK says:

      Oh, c’mon!

      *Sigh*

      Oh, whoops, I forgot, the use of assteriskss’s”’s’s’s’s is forbidden! 😯

      My bad. o_O

      Seriously, just stop. We’ve been through this whole asterisk thing before, and some people get all bent out of shape over their own imaginations. Making a big deal over a tiny little “star” is pointless.

      If you really want to get down to the semantics, I GD’d myself, so there’s ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY NO REASON WHATSOEVER for anyone to get upset but ME!

      I wasn’t Rapture’d on Saturday, nor were any of the rest of you, which means one of two things. Either Dude-man was flat wrong, or no one on this Earth is good enough to go, which means we’re all going to the Underworld together, so buck up, enjoy life, and stop trying to pick fights, ‘kay?

      Point of advice: Don’t judge me, it’s not your place.

      I’m off for the night, I’ve had enough of this crap. 😦

      • Mark Nelsen says:

        Oh now you really did it!…started a religious discussion on the blog. Just wait for the replies to that 3rd to last paragraph!

        I really didn’t think the initial comment was THAT bad, maybe not the best, but not a huge deal.

    • Austin (Cornelius) says:

      Wow. Someone is acting a little under aged. O.o
      not you mark.

    • Yep i agree no one should be offended from that

    • Mike near Clackamas Town Center says:

      I wonder who started this ubsurd rapture thing anyway. The last time I checked it takes a massive asteroid, comet, or major pandemic to end civilization…. So things could end tomorrow or 10,000 years from now so I’ll just continue living life to its fullest 🙂

    • yetanothertim says:

      Weather you are a Bible person or not live by:

      judge not or be judged

    • pappoose in scappoose says:

      I’m not upset…o_O…can I say *that*. I don’t have twisted panties, can I have a cookie? WHAT DOES IT MEAN!!!

  6. I was working next to Costco and I thought it was a tornado, definitely scary.

  7. Timmy_Supercell (Klamath Falls @ 4200') says:

    Whats going on with the satellites? There is some sort of interference with the images from UW.

    Lines across almost every image

    And look at this one:

  8. Seems like half the country is under some kind of severe weather warning….
    Possible funnel cloud here…..Major tornado outbreak in the Mid-west and a tornado warning for Northern CA…..

    …A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 615 PM PDT FOR WEST
    CENTRAL BUTTE AND EAST CENTRAL GLENN COUNTIES…

    AT 532 PM PDT…DOPPLER RADAR CONTINUED TO INDICATE A TORNADO ON THE
    GROUND. THIS TORNADO WAS LOCATED 5 MILES EAST OF ORDBEND…OR 11
    MILES SOUTHWEST OF CHICO…MOVING EAST AT 15 MPH. A SECOND TORNADO
    IS 3 MILES SOUTH OF ORD BEND AND MOVING TO THE EAST AT 15 MPH.

    THESE STORMS HAVE A HISTORY OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. ADDITIONALLY…
    THESE STORMS ARE CAPABLE OF PRODUCING QUARTER SIZED HAIL.

    IN ADDITION TO THE TORNADO…THIS STORM IS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING
    QUARTER SIZE HAIL AND DESTRUCTIVE STRAIGHT LINE WINDS.

  9. Topher says:

    I’m in Parkrose Heights.. (Just south of I84 and about 5 blocks east of 102nd). I had crazy hail at my house for about 10 minutes or so just before 3 pm. Didn’t see a funnel cloud though, but I have a bunch of trees behind my house, I don’t think I’d have been able to see it anyway.

  10. Can’t remember seeing “tea cup” sized hail before on an SPC warning….

    …A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 800 PM CDT FOR EASTERN
    OBION AND NORTHWESTERN WEAKLEY COUNTIES…

    AT 750 PM CDT…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR CONTINUED TO
    INDICATE A TORNADO. THIS TORNADO WAS LOCATED NEAR GIBBS…OR NEAR
    UNION CITY…MOVING NORTHEAST AT 40 MPH..

    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

    IN ADDITION TO THE TORNADO…THIS STORM IS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING TEA
    CUP SIZE HAIL AND DESTRUCTIVE STRAIGHT LINE WINDS.

  11. Cgavic sandy Oregon 1,100 ft says:

    Interesting! Even Portland cannot escape a funnel cloud.

    What you described on the cloud and it’s radar image is similar to the images over the Midwest.
    Dr. Greg Forbes. I’ve been educated on tornadoes.

    By the way, we had some gusty winds up here around that time frame, though not as strong as the parkrose area.

  12. Timmy_Supercell (Klamath Falls @ 4200') says:

    This local storm report is saying exactly as I said pretty much.

    http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/total_forecast/getprod.php?wfo=mfr&pil=LSR&sid=MFR&version=0

    Pea sized hail w/ 30 mph winds. Nice

  13. Timmy_Supercell (Klamath Falls @ 4200') says:

    A vigorous hailshower passed right through Klamath Falls when I got home from school about 3:45 pm. Some lightning strikes show up where I am in Klamath County! But I didn’t seem to hear any rumbling, must have been that the hail I got was too loud, you should have heard my window. That combined with 30-40 mph winds, and got a noisy shower.

  14. Kyle From Silverton says:

    I know that hot summers does not always equal to a snowy winter but when it doesn’t do we have some kind of other winter event like windstorms instead?

    Seems to me every time we have hot summers we have some sort of excitment in the winter wheather it’s snow or wind like 2006 we had the december storm where the previous summer went to 104F with high dewpoints.

    In 1998 Aurora for the first time in a long time went to 100F two days in a row and that winter featured in artic blast that we haven’t seen since 90.

  15. Mike near Clackamas Town Center says:

    That band of heavy showers came out of nowhere then disappeared just as fast 😦

  16. Don Meuler says:

    Nearly had some rotation here in Vancouver, just east of I-205 and south of SR-14. Short, wicked burst of wind and rain.

  17. PhilinForestGrove says:

    Second?

  18. bgb41 says:

    As that cell moved NE it clipped my area with heavy rain and the temperature temporarily dropped to 49.

  19. timmy - scappoose says:

    first

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