OK, not really a catastrophe–the house is still standing, but all the nor’easters through spring taught us this house of ours was built with every possible corner cut: No flashing around windows or the bay window roof.
I’ll add pictures later, but all this month has been us buying a 28′ foot ladder, fall-arrest safety gear, fixing gutters, sealing window trim and replacing & painting the bay window roof! We haven’t even started on the drywall repair from where it leaked into the living room, but fortunately it happened at night and I’m nocturnal so I caught it before it hit the floor–saved because it dripped instead of one of Mandy’s sketchbooks!
If you own your own house and it’s been a few decades since anyone checked, you may want to see if any of the caulk on your window trim (If you’ve any) has started cracking or completely pulled away from one part. If so, water can get down in there, which is precisely what happened with ours–right out the window sill weep holes and funneled between two sheets of insulation, along the stud, right down into the bay window on one side, basement on the other.