I'm a U.S. native speaker. This is an interesting question. I'm not sure of the answer!
I do not use it myself. I do not honestly think I've ever heard it used. Yet people say they use it. My wife says she's used it. All I can say is, I don't remember ever hearing her say it. It's much more common to say boring things like this:
"It's really raining out there."
"It's _really_ raining out there."
"Wow, it's a real downpour."
"It's just pouring, I'm drenched."
"Boy, look at that rain. Look at it coming down."
"That's just torrential."