Monday, December 24, 2018

Tracking underway, as Santa Claus makes his annual trip around the world and late evening rendezvous with Prince Rupert

There's still a fair bit of time before North Coast Residents may hear the sleigh bells ringing  into the night and perhaps a glimpse of a famous red nose leading the way, but in many parts of the World the annual journey of Santa Claus is underway and the travels of Mr. Claus are being kept up to date by the Joint Canadian-American Air Command at NORAD.

What they do once he arrives in North America, as well as a large number of games, music and other features for those that wish to follow can be found from the NORAD TRACKS SANTA website which also will be providing for live tracking of Santa through the day.

The NORAD Tracks Santa Facebook page also has some behind the scenes glimpses as the staff on hand at the tracking Centre help to  keep the flight plan to its schedule.

Updates are also available through Twitter.

NORAD put together a bit of a preview of the night leading up t Santa's lift off today.

As has been the case in the past, Royal Canadian Air Force  pilots out of Bagotville, Quebec will be the first to escort Santa into North American air space, changing off with their American counterparts for the journey into the USA, that handover will continue up and down the border as Santa makes the trek across the continent from East to West.

This years travels began a few hours ago in Eastern Russia, Australia and New Zealand to name a few of the stops to this point, it's a pretty long day for Santa and his support team down at the North Pole, one that won't be over until he makes stops in Northwest BC, Alaska and Hawaii before he returns to his workshop not far from the Arctic Circle.

As the journey towards North America continues we'll offer up some of the snapshots from NORAD below, giving North Coast followers updates on just how close that Santa and the reindeer are getting as they make their way to the area.

In the Northwest:

Santa travelled into Prince Rupert at 1:05 AM destined north for Ketchikan, Alaska and points beyond. Heard passing overhead just past the Westview Pellet Terminal was a joyous yell of "Merry Christmas to all and to all a Good Night"

The trip into the Northwest arrived just before 1AM as Santa made his first of the Northwest stops in Kitimat, Smithers and Terrace

. Santa's journey so far:

Heading towards midnight, Santa made his first entry into British Columbia, travelling North to South from Fort St. John to the Kootenays

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The home of NORAD is the latest stop for Santa as he works his way Northbound towards Alberta


10 PM Pacific and Chicago is Santa's kind of town 


At the midnight hour in Ontario (9 PM in BC), Santa heads into Metro Toronto and the other large cities of Canada's most populous province


8 PM -- If he can make it there, he can make it anywhere ... Santa is crossing Mid town Manhattan and the four other boroughs of New York City.


7PM and the first sighting of Santa over Canadian Airspace, with Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Atlantic provinces about to receive their annual visit.   


The 6PM Satellite and Radar fixes found Santa over some familiar terrain, with  the Jolly Old Elf refuelling in Greenland.

5 PM was Salsa time for Santa with a stop in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil 
and the rest of eastern South America.

 Just past 4 PM and Santa's in England to visit the Queen and everyone else from Edinburgh south, he also skips over the channel to make Stops in Belfast, Derry and Dublin to name a few calls on the night


Mais Oui, ces't Paris, Santa crosses into France just after 3 PM

2PM and Santa is stopping for a cappuccino in Italia


1PM and Santa was spotted over the Pyramids of Egypt


Noon Hour Pacific found Santa over Greece

10 AM Santa was travelling through Russian airspace

  Towards the end of the 9AM hour reports came in from Afghanistan of Santa's arrival

At 9 AM Santa had crossed over to India and began his approach towards Europe

7:30 AM PT South Pacific

5:30 AM PT Santa spotted over Tokyo, Japan

 Lifting off from the North Pole

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