Winter Storm

Winter Storm Creates Havoc

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Elf Meg graduated from Southern North Pole University with a degree in journalism. For several years she was a star reporter for the North Pole Gazette and then briefly served as a producer for North Pole Radio News. She brings her experience in media to North Pole Flight Command, serving as both an Elf News Reporter for North Pole Radio News and Managing Editor of North Pole Flight Command.com
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An early winter snowstorm knocked the North Pole offline mid-week and it has been a struggle to restore vital services.

Weather watchers in Flight Command say the storm has been the equivalent to a Category 5 hurricane.

Normally a winter blizzard is not so disruptive to a place used to heavy year-round weather. But September is usually a mild month and it is a time where a lot of work is done to critical infrastructure. This storm hit during an upgrade to fiber optic Internet lines at the North Pole. It resulted in a five day outage that is still resulting in spotty service.

“We do much of this work during the months of April and September,” said Elf Rowdy Floog, a Utilities Services spokesperson familiar with the situation. “We had planned for these upgrades for September and they were going well. When we saw the forecast right around the 13th, we tried to speed some things up but really it was too late. We apologize for the inconvenience it has caused everyone.”

For North Pole Flight Command the outage gave some valuable training time for elves who have never suffered from an Internet outage before. Usually Internet at the North Pole is very stable. It has to be in order to support all functions of Operation Merry Christmas, including Flight Command. But without Internet the “show must go on” and this outage gave some in Flight Command a taste of what it would be like to lose Internet when Santa flies.

The use of conventional radio at ground stations, CB radio on sleighs, shortwave and HAM radio as well is via landline phone and visual signals were all put into practice in the last week.

Elf Buck Sanchez, head of flight operations at the North Pole, says that everyone from ground crew to sleigh traffic controllers around the world benefitted from having to use analogue systems for a few days. No interruptions to flight operations are reported to have occurred during the outage.

As of today – Sunday, the 25th of September – it appears that things are returning to normal.

North Pole Navy

Santa Expands the North Pole Navy

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Elf Meg graduated from Southern North Pole University with a degree in journalism. For several years she was a star reporter for the North Pole Gazette and then briefly served as a producer for North Pole Radio News. She brings her experience in media to North Pole Flight Command, serving as both an Elf News Reporter for North Pole Radio News and Managing Editor of North Pole Flight Command.com
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We are pleased to announce that Santa has ordered the expansion of the North Pole Navy. The follow ships have been deployed for service in the following locations:

SS Jingle Bell – Flagship serving in the Pacific
SS Snowball – Serving in the Arctic Ocean
SS Tannenbaum – Serving in the Indian Ocean
SS Donner – Serving in the North Atlantic
SS Eggnog – Serving in the South Atlantic
SS Mistletoe – Serving in the Coral Sea
SS Frosty – Serving in the Southern Ocean (Antarctica)

These seven vessels serve the Santa effort non-stop between now and when Santa returns on Christmas morning. They have been deployed to these fields of service with full crews and enough supplies to last for the duration of Operation Merry Christmas.

They serve many capacities. They are, in effect, floating tracking centers. They support sleigh flights all over the world. They carry critical supplies and have access to warehouses all over the world. They work to supply and re-supply sleighs in transit. They support elf travel and accommodations year round.

These ships are crucial part of Santa’s operation. They receive little notice and, because much of what they do is classified, we are unable to share much of the news of their action and accomplishments.

We will do the best we can to share what news of them we can as the season progresses.

Tracker Elf Press Conference

Tracker Elf Press Conference Underway

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Elf Meg graduated from Southern North Pole University with a degree in journalism. For several years she was a star reporter for the North Pole Gazette and then briefly served as a producer for North Pole Radio News. She brings her experience in media to North Pole Flight Command, serving as both an Elf News Reporter for North Pole Radio News and Managing Editor of North Pole Flight Command.com
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The annual Tracker Elf Press Conference is underway now at the North Pole. Live radio coverage is available via the player below.

Please be advise that after this announcement has been made there will be several news announcements coming from North Pole Flight Command.

200 Days

200 Days to Santa’s Launch

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Elf Meg graduated from Southern North Pole University with a degree in journalism. For several years she was a star reporter for the North Pole Gazette and then briefly served as a producer for North Pole Radio News. She brings her experience in media to North Pole Flight Command, serving as both an Elf News Reporter for North Pole Radio News and Managing Editor of North Pole Flight Command.com
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North Pole Flight Command marks 200 days until Santa’s Launch today.

This is a significant milestone in the countdown. This week Elf Buck Sanchez will be checking in with each critical component of the launch team to see where they are in relation to their goals.

The sleigh team will be evaluated about the readiness of Santa’s sleigh and the plans for test flights which will begin next month. Elf Buck will review the plans for backup sleighs as well.

In Flight Command, elves will be working flight simulators and working on getting their flight certifications in advance of the launch of test flights. The test flights not only test the sleigh but also the teams tasked with monitoring the sleigh while in flight.

200 days also marks a review point for the reindeer. Elf Buck will meet with Elf Victor, head of the Reindeer Operations Department, to review reindeer team plans, projections, training and assignments.

At the end of this week, Elf Buck will meet with Santa himself to discuss whether or not all of these teams are on time with their plans and what adjustments might need to be made.

It is a busy time in North Pole Flight Command.