Latest True Fact-checks in Weather Beto O'Rourke stated on February 16, 2021 in a tweet: “Energy experts and State House Dems, among others, were warning of this (the Texas power blackout) for years.” Facebook posts stated on February 16, 2021 in a Facebook post: "The Texas power grid is not part of the US power grid because they wanted to avoid federal regulation.” State Farm Insurance stated on June 5, 2015 in televised story: Georgia residents file the most insurance claims for lightning strikes in the country. David Cicilline stated on May 1, 2015 in a commentary in The Providence Journal: Annual precipitation "has increased in Rhode Island by over 12 inches in the last century." Sheldon Whitehouse stated on December 17, 2014 in a Senate floor speech: "January through November 2014, the year so far, were the hottest first 11 months of any year recorded." Kirk Watson stated on December 31, 2012 in an opinion piece in the Austin American-Statesman: Says in "our region," 2011 was worst drought year ever recorded. Robert Menendez stated on December 27, 2012 in a speech on the Senate floor: Says "10 days after Hurricane Katrina, this chamber passed two separate bills amounting to $60 billion. It has been nearly two months since we had Superstorm Sandy, and nothing has passed." John Kasich stated on July 25, 2012 in an announcement at the Ohio State Fair: "Ninety percent of the topsoil has inadequate moisture to grow crops." Maureen Dowd stated on August 30, 2011 in an oped column.: Says Ron Paul insisted FEMA should be shut down. John Eaves stated on January 12, 2011 in a newspaper article: "This kind of snowstorm happens every 10 or 15 years."