Connie Borodenko with a recently found stash of Hen in the Woods.
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Foraging was a survival skill for my grandmother in war-torn Suwalki, Poland, and again after she emigrated to America in 1911.  

A blackout in Somerville, Massachusetts, earlier this month.
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More than 200,000 Bay State residents are expected to be without power into Tuesday and full restoration of electricity could take days, according to Gov. Charlie Baker, who said lingering winds made it difficult Monday to recover from the powerful storm that ripped through the state overnight.

When The Shorter Days Get Us Down

Oct 24, 2017
As days grow shorter, many of us feel a sense of inner darkness.
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Here in October, as the days shorten, we all begin to hunker down for winter.

Updated at 11 p.m. ET

Puerto Rico is trying to start the process of recovering from Hurricane Maria — and it's doing so after the powerful storm blew homes apart, filled roads with water and tore at its infrastructure. Flash floods are persisting, and the island has no electricity service.

"We are without power, the whole island is without power," Jenniffer González-Colón, Puerto Rico's resident commissioner — its representative in Congress — told Morning Edition on Thursday. González-Colón spoke from Carolina, near San Juan.

National Hurricane Center

Carmen Ocasio has a lot of family on Puerto Rico. She said Wednesday that she is not watching television or going on social media. She can't handle it. 

With a tropical storm warning in effect for Rhode Island and the South Coast of Massachusetts, stormy waters have already swept several people off rocks in Narragansett. In Newport, officials are warning residents to stay out of the water as Hurricane Jose brings rip tides and heavy surf. But the weather has area surfers hitting the beach.

Former Secretary of State John Kerry is at Yale University this academic year to collaborate with faculty and students. This week, he’s hosting a series of talks on the lasting impacts of climate change.

Updated at 5:30 a.m. ET Wednesday

Even though Maria has weakened to a Category 4 storm, it remains a dangerous hurricane. Maria's maximum sustained winds are near 155 mph. The National Hurricane Center says the storm should keep that intensity until it makes landfall. Puerto Rico has long been spared from a direct hit by a hurricane.

Updated at 2:20 a.m. ET Wednesday

Hurricane Jose is still churning itself in the Atlantic in the slot between Bermuda and the east coast. The storm will continue to move north today and slowly weaken as it gets farther away from the warm waters of the Gulf Stream.

There will be impacts to our weather — likely beginning Tuesday morning and continuing into Wednesday — from this storm. However, we still don’t know the exact track of it and so a few unknowns remain.

NOAA Predicts Above-Normal Hurricane Season Likely

May 30, 2017
This home at 581 West Leyden Road in Leyden, Mass., was swept away by flooding caused by Tropical Storm Irene.
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Thursday marks the start of the Atlantic hurricane season. As many as four major hurricanes are predicted in the next six months.

Forecasters with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, predict there is a 45 percent chance of an above-normal hurricane season, with the potential for 11 to 17 named storms, five to nine hurricanes and two to four major hurricanes -- with winds of 111 miles per hour or higher.