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NORAD: Santa’s On His Way December 24, 2009

Posted by dataduchess in Just for Fun.
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Short and sweet for Christmas Eve: Follow Santa’s path as tracked by NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command).
The Huffington Post tells us the tracker has gotten an update recently, as NORAD has partnered with Google to let you track Santa on Google Earth. NORAD uses four high-tech systems to track Santa – radar, satellites, Santa Cams and fighter jets.

I never knew how it started, but this cute idea started as a sweet response to a mistake:

The tradition began in 1955 after a Colorado Springs-based Sears Roebuck & Co. advertisement for children to call Santa misprinted the telephone number. Instead of reaching Santa, the phone number put kids through to the CONAD [NORAD’s predecessor] Commander-in-Chief’s operations “hotline.” The Director of Operations at the time, Colonel Harry Shoup, had his staff check the radar for indications of Santa making his way south from the North Pole. Children who called were given updates on his location, and a tradition was born.

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1. mike - December 24, 2009

It’s 5:43 EST and I just got a glimmer of a sleigh heading south. I think it’s him!


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