Monday, December 24, 2007

Most Traditional Radar Santa Tracker Is From NORAD: Up and Running This Morning, Now Teamed Up With Google Earth

Posted by Alan Childress

For those having such a need (I don't--my 15-year-old son does not believe parents are real, much less Santa), you should know that the best and most traditional Santa tracking site (since 1955, no less) is by the friendly people of NORAD.  (NORAD is encased inside an impervious Colorado mountain, I guess just in case Santa gets the rabies-like I Am Legend virus and comes after them snarling for all their stalking over the past 52 years.)  Here is the link to this year's version.  And the newest, coolest feature:  you can do it in detail and with 3D effect if you have Google Earth (or download it).  Google says it "has partnered up with NORAD," which must make Microsoft quiver a little.  In either version, Santaearth1_2 SantaCams abound (and undoubtedly also caught me running that infinity stoplight on Clearview).  NORAD says:

Beginning at 2:00 am MTN on Christmas Eve, you can track Santa Live as he makes his historical journey around the world!

This is exciting, as Santa travels fast and NORAD Santa Cams take photos of Santa and his reindeer!

RIght this instant, it shows him going to Kathmandhu, which must make Bob Seger an honest man.  The program offers six languages.  This is seriously educational, BTW, as it links you to more googly info on each area visited, like The Himalayas right now.  To speak to a tracker in person toll-free in the US, call 1 (877) Hi NORAD.  Or local or overseas call 1 (719) 556-5211 with charges.

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