Tipping the Beaufort Scale: 99-word Flash Fiction

This week’s prompt over at http://www.carrotranch.com was to use storm windows in 99 words (no more, no less), and go where the prompt led. Here’s mine:

Tipping the Beaufort Scale

Serafina loved wind, from warm southern breezes to biting northern squalls; she loved rain especially thunderstorms; she loved snow, blizzards as well as all the feathery, drifting flakes; but hurricanes, tornadoes, typhoons, and cyclones may have been her favorite meteorological events.

Serafina controlled them all from her tower room, which had four windows, one to the east, one to the west, one to the north, and one to the south. With the touch of her hand on the panes of the storm windows, she sent out tempests to wreck havoc on the land and the humans, who wanted sunshine.

Nancy Brady, 2019

By way of explanation, the Beaufort Scale categorizes the strength of winds. The higher the number, the stronger and fiercer the wind. The scale goes from 0 (Calm) to 12 (Hurricane).

To participate or see all the 99-word flash fictions, check out http://www.carrotranch.com.


About pedometergeek

A pharmacist by profession, a haiku poet by nature, I read and write. I have a book of haiku, Ohayo Haiku, and another somewhat alternative haiku book, Three Breaths, but write other genres. I also read...lots of novels! My favorite is, and remains, Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged but I am also a big Harry Potter fan. I truly am a pedometer geek strapping on my pedometer as soon as I awaken.
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6 Responses to Tipping the Beaufort Scale: 99-word Flash Fiction

  1. Jules says:

    I can imagine Serafina!
    I enjoy looking up names and found: The meaning of the name “Serafina” is: “Heavenly, Winged Angel”. Additional information: The girl name Serafina comes from the Bible from the Hebrew ‘ sĕrāphīm’, meaning “burning ones”, to describe the six winged heavenly angels surrounding and praising the throne of God.

    Which also reminds me of the Disney Frozen. I like the first movie. I just can’t imagine where the second one is going… sometimes I think it is best to let good things stand alone. You’ve also made me wonder when they started naming hurricanes, when Men’s names started to be used and now as of at least last year (maybe a few ago) they’ve also started naming winter snow storms!

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  2. Actually I chose Serafina as it is a modified name for wind because I wanted to write about the prompt of storm windows with a twist. I originally chose Gail, but then looked up more words for wind and several of them appealed to me including the one I finally chose. Afterwards, I realized there was more behind the name and I should have chosen one of the more obscure but feminine sounding names. (or perhaps choosing one more obvious). I guess it does sound a bit like Frozen. Either way, I have learned from you. On the other hand, I didn’t know all this about Serafina so thanks for the elucidation.

    I know that for many years hurricanes only named them after women, but 1979 they began alternating the female/male names as an equality thing, perhaps (I had to look that). I didn’t realize that winter storms are now being named. Live and learn…nan

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    • Jules says:

      I haven’t sent them yet… but I have PC’s for you too! 😉
      Thank you the treasures arrived yesterday. At least one of the photos is going to be trimmed and used as a bookmark! ❤ ~Jules

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      • I am glad they arrived. I really tried to crop the frog photo to not include anything other than the frogs (no bench legs, etc), but for whatever reason, my computer program for photos wasn’t cooperating. Alas…glad you are going to be able to use them though. ~nan

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      • Jules says:

        I might even take one of them to my local photo place and enlarge it… crop it and frame it! Is it an Escher? Looks like it. Is there a story behind it? How cool would it be to have a patio area with those tiles/bricks!

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  3. It is not an Escher, but it does look like his drawings, doesn’t it? Actually, the front of the visitor center has them at the patio entrance. They can be purchased, but apparently they are very expensive because they allow drainage. The whole patio is about 12X12, maybe larger. It would make a cool wall hanging for sure. ~nan


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