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Metric Thunder Tracks Santa via NORAD

Metric Thunder Tracks Santa Through NORAD

In 1955, Sears Roebuck advertised a hotline for kids to call Santa. Unfortunately, the phone number was incorrect, and kids accidentally started dialing the direct line to the commander of Continental Air Defense (CONAD; the predecessor of NORAD). To this day, NORAD makes a tradition of “tracking” Santa Claus for kids.

NORAD radar is spec-built for tracking Santa. It’s called the North Warning System and includes 47 radar installations strung across the northern border of North America. NORAD makes a point of checking the radar closely for indications of Santa Claus leaving the North Pole on Christmas Eve.

Department of Defense coordinates with NORAD through the satellite defense network to track movement on the ground. (DOD alerted NORAD that there is extreme activity at the North Pole.)

Metric Thunder is Getting Ready for Claus

Santa contacted Thunder Bob and said that he will be stopping in at Metric Thunder late on Christmas Eve for a few gift certificates for bikers that have been very good this year. (Thunder Bob is setting out a plate of organic peanut butter cookies and a fifth of Jack Daniels.)

Goto NORAD to checkout the latest on Santa’s progress. (Opens a new Window)


NORAD is the bi-national U.S.-Canadian military organization responsible for the aerospace defense of the United States and Canada. NORAD was created by a 1958 agreement between Canada and the United States. The agreement has been renewed nine times – most recently this year. NORAD provides warning of missile and air attack against both of its member nations, safeguards the air sovereignty of North America, and provides air defense forces for defense against an air attack.

NORAD’s mission has evolved over the years to meet the aerospace defense needs of Canada and the United States. The most recent “evolution” in NORAD’s mission came as a result of September 11, 2001. Because of that day, NORAD now monitors the airspace within Canada and the United States, too. In addition, the command also conducts maritime warning. There are men and women in NORAD constantly watching the skies and waterways to keep the United States and Canada safe.