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Welcome back well -- -- -- you know that means Santa and his reindeer -- kids around the world so where is jolly old saint nick right now -- NORAD has been tracking Santa is magical trip for the past.
57 years if you can believe that.
-- here with an update is NORAD commander -- US army general Charles -- Jacoby junior.
And we want to let our viewers know we have about a 62 delay from when I ask a question until when the -- able to hear me because look they're tracking Santa.
You're dealing with this and an air force base out there in Colorado so we have all this technology up in the sky.
General how -- how is that -- doing this morning I know you guys have been tracking -- early this morning just a few minutes ago you started right.
Yeah -- good morning it's a pleasure to be on we started about two hours ago.
And we're off to a great start in the Santa is in fine form.
He's -- cast lots of presents have been given out and like I said we're off to a great start.
So I understand if we put up some of the some of the telemetry results that apparently.
He left in the North Pole a little while ago he's over Australia and Guam at this hour what does he projected to make.
Landfall here in the United States do you have any indication -- idea about that the kids are wondering.
-- sure we can now project that and of course they'll be changes in Rhode.
San is a little unpredictable but we know for sure he's gonna get the mission done.
We expect he'll be over the East Coast start and then about.
9 PM this evening and he'll be over the United States in general between nine and midnight tonight.
I understand I was looking in some history of this and how NORAD got started tracking Santa had in my right.
In my history that this all started with the someone scrawled down the wrong phone number for people to get information they ended up calling.
NORAD instead of where they should have been calling is that right.
It's it was destiny you're exactly right it was it.
-- transcribed number on an ad in the newspaper at Colorado Springs and young child but.
She was gone they hear about Sam as -- got NORAD and -- I had turned to their radar Scopes and picked up the mission we've been doing it ever since.
What about any bad weather you guys are tracking Santa any bad weather out west that we need to worry about kids maybe not gonna get toys tonight because of this storm or is everything going to be okay.
-- nothing to worry about we've been watched in few small storm system so we feed that information in the Santa.
He has all the latest navigational aids we don't see any difficulties in getting every single present -- to see.
Not only protecting us here at home are also tracking Santa.
-- US army general commander of NORAD and US Northern Command general -- Charles Jacoby junior Merry Christmas to you -- thank you so much.
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