ST LOUIS (LALATE) – What time will Santa be at my house? The countdown to Track Santa is underway worldwide. Santa Claus tells news that he is preparing to visit the world’s children today, heading from the Middle East, to Europe, and to North America thereafter. And if a newly installed GPS navigation system on Santa’s sleigh works today, he will be right on schedule.
Despite today’s confusion about when Santa arrives at each of our houses, officials at the north pole tell news that Santa annually travels the same path to deliver the world’s gifts. NORAD confirms the same to news as well. In a news statement, NORAD says that “Santa usually starts at the International Date Line in the Pacific Ocean and travels west. So, historically, Santa visits the South Pacific first, then New Zealand and Australia.”
After Santa covers the South Pacific, children in Asia, Africa and Europe will be next, NORAD tells news. “After that, he shoots up to Japan, over to Asia, across to Africa, then onto Western Europe, Canada, the United States, Mexico and Central and South America.”
Yet, despite a generally consistent flight pattern, Santa does often make changes based upon flight changes. In 2009, NORAD reminded news to “keep in mind, Santa’s route can be affected by weather, so it’s really unpredictable. NORAD coordinates with Santa’s Elf launch staff to confirm his launch time, but from that point on, Santa calls the shots. We just track him!”
Santa’s arrival in North America will be heralded with the help of U.S. fighter jets. Fighter jets serve multiple purposes. First they insure to protect Santa. Second, they help Santa arrive on time. And finally, Santa reportedly simply enjoys seeing our jets besides his sleigh. NORAD tells news “Over the past 50 years, our fighter jets (F-16s, F-15s and CF-18s) have intercepted Santa many, many times. When the jets intercept Santa, they tip their wings to say, “Hello Santa! – NORAD is tracking you again this year!” Santa always waves. He loves to see the pilots!” To track Santa CLICK HERE.