NORAD Tracks Santa and His Reindeer on Yuletide Trek
December 24, 2009
(ChattahBox)—Christmas Eve has finally arrived and that means that Santa Claus and his sleigh powered by nine special reindeer, loaded with toys for the good boys and girls all over the world, has taken off from the North Pole to make his yearly Christmas flight. NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, is tracking Santa and his reindeer, Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen and Rudolph, as they speed across the globe to deliver presents in time for Christmas. To keep Santa and his special reindeer crew safe, NORAD fighter jets from Canada and the United States fly with Santa to make sure his route is clear. Special radar technology and Santa Cams stationed around the world track Santa’s every move throughout the night.
Santa is happy to have the fighter jets accompany him on his yuletide journey. “They do a great job looking after me. I used to do it all myself but since NORAD started helping out in the 1950′s I can be a lot quicker and I know my route is safe,” Santa told reporters at the North Pole shortly before taking off early this morning.
Santa Clause was last sighted flying over Australia, wearing his bright red weatherproofed suite to keep him warm and dry. According to NORAD, Rudolph’s bright red nose was put through pre-flight tests and registered an astounding 36,000 lumens! That means that NORAD’s radar installations can detect Santa’s sleigh, even in extreme blizzard conditions. The Santa Cams used by NORAD on Christmas Eve, can spot and photograph objects as large as 100 lollipops long and 55 lollipops wide.
While Santa Clause races across the world tonight, his tired elves can finally rest. Kerstmis Fatato, Santa’s Chief Elf told NORAD officials during an official press conference, that the elves worked hard all year to make “20 million dolls of many varieties, and 30 million different kinds of building and construction blocks.” “More than ten metric tons of wax have been turned into crayons in every color of the rainbow,” added Fatato.
Kerstmis Fatato also confirmed that this year, Santa’s Workshop used 1,123,595 ½ miles of ribbon to wrap gifts for a record 1.9 billion children, and the elves used 1.6 billion cups of sugar to make 5 billion candy canes.
NORAD radar will continue to track Rudolph’s bright red nose throughout Christmas Eve, using satellite imagery, providing minute-by-minute coverage of Santa’s location. Children can check NORAD’s Santa tracker here, which also provides a Google search view of Santa Claus.
Ho, Ho, Ho, Merry Christmas!