NORAD prepares to track Santa Claus as Christmas nears
Monday, December 24, 2018, 9:14 AM - NORAD is normally responsible for monitoring any aerospace or marine threat -- but every Christmas season, it focuses on one figure who is anything but a threat: Santa Claus. It's a yearly tradition dating back to 1955.
Santa will navigate his reindeer on his annual journey to deliver gifts to children around the world. NORAD employs satellite systems, high-powered radar and "jet fighters" to keep a close eye on his progress.
NORAD Santa tracker Director Preston Schlachter says the website received 20 million hits last Christmas and the call center received 141,000 calls in a 23 hour period just before the Christmas holiday. He adds the agency is once again up for the task of tracking the jolly man in the red suit.
Volunteers answer telephone calls and emails at the NORAD Tracks Santa Operations Center on Christmas Eve at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado (2007). Credit: Wikimedia Commons
"Our intelligence here at North It says that he (Santa) experiences time a little differently than you and I do in order to hit those all those houses of all those boys and girls that believe throughout the world. So yeah he's flying faster than starlight and hitting everybody in a magical 24 hour period," said Schlacter.
NORAD will also warn pilots not to fly too close to Santa and his reindeer to avoid interfering with his feverishly fast paced trek around the globe.