It's currently snowing...or maybe sleeting...so you're not far off on the grayness. I sometimes think I'm a glutton for punishment trying to grow orchids in Mass. But lots of them like intermediate conditions (temp, humidity, etc.) so they aren't too terrible if you have enough light.
Until I got to my current apartment, I had a lot of trouble getting things to rebloom. The light is so great here, though, I've really grown the collection. I had this catt for seven or eight years and never knew what it looked like until a year ago! Now it chugs away, blooming twice a year. And now that I've figured out that they like more water when setting buds and blooming, I've got it lasting 7 weeks (so far) as opposed to the 2-3 weeks the last two times.
You should list the ones you have in this thread: http://www.rv-orchidworks.com/orchid...d=355#poststop.
Heather got me to put mine up the other day. It's cool to compare collections. (Although be warned that there are some VERY intimidating lists!)