LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - It was back in 1955 when a little Colorado Springs girl called the wrong number wanting to know when Santa Claus would come to her house. The girl accidentally called the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). NORAD has tracked Santa every year since then.
"We started tracking the infrared light that comes off of Rudolf's nose. We have a string of radars that string across North Canada and Alaska that then see Santa coming out of the North Pole and we pick up his track with our radars along with our Santa cams that are around the world to see where Santa is at any moment", explained Lieutenant General Reynold Hoover.
NORAD offers annual Santa tracking as a service to the global community. A phone number was publicized and anyone was invited to call up, especially on December 24, and find out where Santa was.
Manning those phones over the years have been countless numbers of Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps personnel and their families, and for many people, turning to NORAD to find out where Santa is became something to look forward to each year.
Hundreds of volunteers are manning the phones inside NORAD"s Track Santa Headquarters this Christmas Eve. Kids from around the world are asking lots of questions.
Santa's helpers will be on the phone and answering emails all day. If you want to know when the big guy will be on your roof call 1-877 HI NORAD (1-877-446-6723) or email NORAD Tracks Santa headquarters at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NORAD's online Santa tracking can be found at wkyt.com/santatracker.