TECH BYTE: Use Tech to Track Santa Claus


CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — It’s hard to believe, but Christmas is already on Tuesday!

That means it’s time to start tracking Santa Claus.

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NORAD has been tracking Santa on Christmas Eve for 63 years, but News 12 Chief Meteorologist Patrick Core uses his own radar to keep tabs on Kris Kringle.

“The tracker’s interesting, but you have to have the right weather, so Santa has to have the right weather for him and his reindeer, including Rudolph, to get through all these visibilities,” Core said. “You like clear skies, so you gotta watch for these clouds. You don’t want cloudy skies heading down from the North Pole to get down to the Scenic City, so that’s a big key to the forecast, and we’ll be watching that.”

Snow is of course common this time of year around the world, but at least Santa’s used to it.

“You gotta get up above the clouds, and Santa’s gonna be flying at probably 30,000 or 40,000 feet from time to time as he heads southward,” Core said. “Notice, we’ve got some snow in Canada, but he may have to deal with a little rain down on the Gulf Coast, but we’ll see what happens around here.”

It’s always exciting to see that little red dot get closer to your house.

And in recent years, Santa’s sleigh is filled with lots of tech gadgets.

His helpers have had to catch up with all this technology to put all these toys together.

“I send my elves to the finest technological schools the world has to offer,” Santa said. “They’ve developed solar panels for the roofs on the North Pole, and they work on all the greatest toys for the kiddies around the world. Ho ho ho ho!”

And what kind of toys are his elves working on right now?

“Oh, they like iPhones, iPads, Apple watches, you know, that kind of stuff,” he said.

These gadgets and toys may be more complicated to put together, but Santa says they know what they’re doing.

“This toy shop has been around for quite some time,” Santa said. “These elves have a lot of experience, so they just take those building blocks, those basic toys that they’ve had for centuries, and build upon that.”

You can track Santa at

And don’t forget to leave him a special treat when he brings your new tech gifts.

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You can watch Emily Cassulo weeknights on News 12 Now starting at 5:30. Emily also does stories on different tech products and issues for Tech Byte, which airs Mondays on News 12 Now. She joined the WDEF news team in September 2016 from News 12’s sister station in Columbus, Mississippi, where she worked as an anchor, producer and reporter. Emily is no stranger to the Volunteer State. Before moving to Mississippi, she worked at WBBJ-TV, covering crime and severe weather throughout West Tennessee. She loves living in Chattanooga, and exploring what the Scenic City has to offer. Emily is a Florida native, graduating from the University of Central Florida with a degree in broadcast journalism and minor in political science. While in college, Emily worked part-time as a reporter/web producer at News/Talk 96.5 WDBO. She broke her first news story there, which made national headlines, and covered the 2010 Central Florida congressional elections and the high-profile Casey Anthony trial. When she’s not busy reporting, Emily enjoys shopping, reading, playing the piano, and spending time with family and friends. Feel free to e-mail her at if you have any story ideas or just want to say ‘Hi.’