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Matthew D Will

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Nov 4, 1994, 9:29:45 PM11/4/94
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Since I'm not a Meteorology major I was wondering if some of you
atmospheric experts could help me out.

While watching the Thursday 9 pm news on WGN Television, Tom Skilling
used the term "Panhandle hook" to describe the way storms come in
the Pacific Northwest and travel Southeast to the Texas "Panhandle
and then hook" Northeast.

Question #1: Is this a term he made up or is this an actual word in
the weatherpersons vocabulary?
Question #2: Has this ever been documented by a study of any kind?
From living all my life in Iowa it sounds right, but
is it?

Thank You


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Eric A. Helgeson

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Nov 5, 1994, 6:04:10 AM11/5/94
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On 5 Nov 1994, Matthew D Will wrote:

> While watching the Thursday 9 pm news on WGN Television, Tom Skilling

Best TV Met in the country, IMHO.

> used the term "Panhandle hook" to describe the way storms come in
> the Pacific Northwest and travel Southeast to the Texas "Panhandle
> and then hook" Northeast.
>
> Question #1: Is this a term he made up or is this an actual word in
> the weatherpersons vocabulary?

I'm not sure if it defined anywhere in some paper (research-types, chime
in), but is a common weather term for storms that bottom out in a mean
upper level trough and the move to the northeast in the southwest flow.
The surface reflection usually picks up well as it rounds the bend.

And by the name, they bottom out in the Texas Panhandle.

Ever wonder it that "panhandle" ever, like, hits another state when it
gets mad?

Eric

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