a tornado hit a small town about an hour southeast of where I live.
Pretty rare here in Oregon but the clouds that rolled through were quite dramatic. grabbed a 3 shot exposure from my front porch and applied one of the more crazy HDR styles that I don't generally use to bring out the details in the clouds.
UPDATE May 24, 2011:
This year: 2011 has been a horrible year for tornadoes in the central and eastern region of the United States. Consequently this photo seems to come up in image searches and is being re-used on various websites about tornado weather. To all those coming here because of that, I wish everyone the best in recovering from the horrible weather effects and realize the weather here in Oregon can never hold a candle to the events and extreme weather experienced in those parts of the US.