Where is Santa Claus right now? NORAD’s official 2015 Santa tracker knows. At approximately 10:30 a.m. here in the San Francisco Bay Area, Santa Claus was over the Middle East. He is expected to land here in the San Francisco Bay Area sometime after dark. But be warned, he does not begin his visit until he sees that the boys and girls on his route are asleep. So be sure to go to bed early but don’t get up too early.
NORAD follows Santa Claus’s Christmas Eve travels using radar, satellites, jet fighters and special cameras, said Air Force Master Sgt. Chuck Marsh, spokesman for the NORAD Tracks Santa program. You can find out where Santa is right now by going directly to the NORAD Web site for the agency’s official 2105 Santa Tracker.
The official NORAD Santa Tracker 2015 began at 2 a.m. PST on Christmas Eve, Thursday, Dec. 24. An Army of volunteers are gathering at NORAD’s command center in Colorado. When the Santa Tracker tradition began in 1955, NORAD was called the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD).
It began when a Sears advertisement misprinted a Santa hotline telephone number. Children got CONAD instead of Santa. A commander, Colonel Harry Shoup, had his staff spring into service to figure out where Santa was so they could pass along the information to the kids. Since 1958, the US and Canada combined defense forces to form an agency called the North America Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) which took over the Santa tracking job.
Volunteers also staff the center, as you can see in the video below, to respond to phone calls and e-mails from kids. But if you really want to know what’s going on with Santa, all you need is a computer. Thanks to the Internet now, you can track him yourself online through NORAD’s site.
To watch Santa live on NORAD’s official site in English click here. It is in seven languages, English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Japanese and Chinese. To view NORAD’s main menu with a choice of those other languages, click here. The language selection is in the upper right.
You can also enter your cell phone number on the site to track Santa on your mobile phone. Click here for information on how you can download a free app to track Santa.
How does NORAD track Santa? “First, the northern warning radar system covers nearly 50 installations across northern Canada and Alaska to closely monitor signs of when Santa leaves the North Pole in his flying-reindeer-powered sleigh” a DOD spokesperson explained.
“Next, the geosynchronous orbit satellite system begins tracking Santa’s route, 22,000 miles above earth, using infrared systems that detect heat to pick up the warmth generated by Rudolph the reindeer’s red nose,” the spokesman added.
But remember, Santa does not visit homes if the children are away, so remember to go to bed at your regular time and Santa will take care of you. We are very fortunate that the US military has devoted some resources to following Santa every step step of the way.