Santa Claus Spotted on KIWX Radar 


Meteorologists at the National Weather Service Northern Indiana office (KIWX) detected a strange object on their radar screens shortly after midnight on Christmas Eve night. A screen capture of the radar can be seen in the first image below. A fast moving and unusual red blip was first detected in southeast Elkhart county, near the town of Millersburg, around 12:11 am EST. 

Screen capture of NWS Northern Indiana Radar

 Upon closer interrogation of the radar data and using a special zoom feature of the WSR-88D weather radar, meteorologists were able to clear the blurred image and to their amazement saw Santa Claus with his reindeer and sleigh moving across the area. Santa and his reindeer can clearly be seen in the second image below.

Zoom picture of radar and Santa Clause

 Due to the fast speeds that Santa travels and his constant landing and taking off from roof tops, it is difficult and rare to capture him on weather radar images. More sophisticated tracking techniques are used by NORAD to track Santa around the globe. You can read more about how NORAD tracks Santa and also see video of his trip from Christmas Eve night at .

The National Weather Service Northern Indiana Office staff would like to wish everyone a happy holiday season and a happy and prosperous new year! is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.