Living in Montana, especially at higher elevations, means never being certain what the weather might do. The forecast can change by the hour, and today was a good example of that.

I took Nancy for a walk this morning and it was a pleasant winter day: no precipitation, partly cloudy, with no wind and temperatures in the 30s. Mild by Butte standards, as it has been all winter so far. The forecast for the day showed a breeze and no precipitation.

Then, while lazing around in the parlor, suddenly we heard a loud crashing noise: a loud thump and lots of breaking glass. A sudden snow squall had blown in, and a gust of high wind blew one of our upstairs windows out.

The source of the loud crashing sound, in an alcove of the upstairs hallway.

I looked outside, and it was snowing and the wind was blowing hard. I didn't get a photo of that, because we had a problem to take care of: sealing up the window and cleaning up the broken glass. While Megan got started on the latter, I hopped in the truck and headed to the Ace Hardware to buy a sheet of plywood. Luckily this happened during business hours!

We got things cleaned up and sealed up, and we're ready for a new window to be installed. We had every window upstairs replaced this fall except for that one, coincidentally. It's too high to see out, just a light source near the hallway, and we didn't think it was worth replacing. So much for that thinking.

We had an unusual wind storm last June with sustained 50-60 mph winds for several hours, and this window had survived that one. I guess it was just time.

OK, back to lazing! #MontanaLife