Thank you medusa, for providing a little cheese to go with my whine. Winters are usually very mild. This is the snowiest winter on record. But even mild means 40F & endless rain. Summer here is often gorgeous: 70F & sunny. My avatar pix was taken last August. Humidity is 'only' around 60% then. If the gel is hard hold enough, then sometimes I get the gooey, sticky thing happening when the mist/drizzle starts up. The worst for that was ABBA Weightless gel. OMG. Gave me awesome definition, but when it drizzled outside, it actually hardened my hair into a sticky plastic spiderweb.