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Track Santa’s progress around the globe!

TUCSON – The lists have been checked twice. Rudolph & the other reindeer are cleared for flight. Santa Claus is on his way to town!

As in years past, the North American Aerospace Defense Command is tracking Santa’s progress around the Earth. This is the 63rd anniversary of tracking Santa’s yuletide journey.

It all started in 1955 when a local media advertisement directed children to call Santa direct – only the number was misprinted.  Instead of reaching Santa, the phone rang through to the Crew Commander on duty at the Continental Air Defense Command Operations Center.  Thus began the tradition, which NORAD carried on since it was created in 1958.

In case you’re wondering, Santa’s flight won’t be impacted by the weather in Arizona. Temperatures Christmas morning will be in the mid 40s across Metro Tucson under mostly clear skies.

Jeff Beamish

Jeff Beamish

Jeff Beamish is an award-winning meteorologist at KVOA. You can watch his weekday weather forecasts on Tucson Today & News 4 Tucson at Noon. He has also contributed his weather expertise to The Weather Channel, Washington Post, New York Times, AM 1030 KVOI and the Arizona Daily Star.
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