I first shared this post several years ago and its still a favorite of mine this time of year and never gets old! I’ve actually penned several articles on the topic, you can find them all HERE.
Sadly, Colonel Shoup passed away on March 14, 2009 in Colorado Springs, however, there’s no doubt that NORAD and the Shoup family is expecting and will greatly appreciate the emails, phone calls, and Internet traffic to continue to increase every year as the NORAD team continues with the tradition
How it works: Using the North Warning System, a system of 47 radar system installations across Canada’s North, NORAD will once again track the movements of Santa Claus as he sets out on his journey around the Globe on Christmas eve. NORAD uses four high-tech systems to track Santa – radar, satellites, Santa Cams and jet fighter aircraft. This year NORAD celebrates 50 years of tracking Santa… congrats to the Colorado Springs-based NORAD crew and volunteers at Cheyenne Mountain and Peterson Air Force Bases on doing a fantastic job!
- The moment Santa leaves, NORAD starts tracking him with radar – these are the same satellites that monitor us against a misile attack.
- As Santa approches various regions of the World, a Santa cam will capture some video footage and publish the results on the Internet for all to see. The Santa Cam produces both video and still images.
- The last system used is the NORAD jet fighter. Canadian NORAD fighter pilots, flying the CF-18, take off out of Newfoundland to intercept and welcome Santa to North America.
- Tracking Santa with NORAD Santa will teach children not only about geography and Santa’s Route, they will also learn about the different traditions around the World and the various ways that people celebrate the Christmas Holiday season.
ENJOY at http://www.noradsanta.org/