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Paul M. Markowski

among hook echoes, rear-flank downdrafts, and tornadogenesis, their dynamical relationship remains poorly understood. Our current confusion serves as a motivation for the collection of new, in situ observations having unprecedented spatial and temporal detail within hook echoes and rear-flank downdrafts. These data are the foundation of a companion paper ( Markowski et al. 2002) . 2. Hook echoes a. Characteristics The hook echo first was documented by Stout and Huff (1953 ; Fig. 1 ) in an Illinois

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Tammy M. Weckwerth
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David B. Parsons

. Carlson , and T. T. Warner , 1987 : Sensitivity of the Great Plains severe-storm environment to soil-moisture distributions. Mon. Wea. Rev , 115 , 2660 – 2673 . Lee , B. D. , and R. B. Wilhelmson , 1997 : The numerical simulation of non-supercell tornadogenesis. Part I: Initiation and evolution of pretornadic misocyclone circulations along a dry outflow boundary. J. Atmos. Sci , 54 , 32 – 60 . Lee , B. D. , R. D. Farley , and M. R. Hjelmfelt , 1991 : A numerical case study

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