If you have children (old and young) looking for the location of Santa on this Christmas Eve, you can track his gift giving journey on NORAD's website.
NORAD has been tracking Santa since 1955 beginning with NORAD’s predecessor, the Continental Defense Command (CONAD). In 1958 NORAD replaced CONAD taking over the mission of tracking Santa’s flight around the world every Christmas Eve!
Why Does NORAD Track Santa?
"Twenty four hours a day, 365 days a year, NORAD tracks airplanes, missiles, space launches and anything else that flies in or around the North American continent. While the tradition of tracking Santa began purely by accident, NORAD continues to track Santa. We’re the only organization that has the technology, the qualifications, and the people to do it. And we love it! NORAD is honored to be Santa’s official tracker on Christmas Eve!"
The NORAD Tracks Santa website can be viewed in English, Japanese, Chinese, German, Spanish, French and Italian languages.
Visit NORAD Tracks Santa where you can:
- View Santa Cams.
- Track Santa in Google Earth.
- Learn About Santa.
- Learn About NORAD.
But my favorite is that you can also track Santa's snacks with a real time counter of how many cookies Santa has eaten!
Santa's Most Recent Location Video (I'll be adding new videos as they become available, so check back often):
Here are a few fun facts NORAD provides about Santa's sleigh:
Sleigh Technical Data
|Designer & Builder||K. Kringle & Elves, Inc.|
|Probable First Flight||Dec. 24, 343 A.D.|
|Home Base||North Pole|
|Length||75 cc (candy canes) / 150 lp (lollipops)|
|Width||40 cc / 80 lp|
|Height||55 cc / 110 lp|
|Note: Length, width and height are without reindeer|
|Weight at takeoff||75,000 gd (gumdrops)|
|Passenger weight at takeoff||Santa Claus 260 pounds|
|Weight of gifts at takeoff||60,000 tons|
|Weight at landing||80,000 gd (ice & snow accumulation)|
|Passenger weight at landing||1,260 pounds|
|Propulsion||Nine (9) rp (reindeer power)|
|Armament||Antlers (purely defensive)|
|Fuel||Hay, oats and carrots (for reindeer)|
|Climbing speed||One “T” (Twinkle of an eye)|
|Max speed||Faster than starlight|
I hope that you have fun tracking Santa and I and everyone at Ericcolburn.com, Your Professional Land Surveying Source, wish you a Very Merry Christmas!