That steady, soaking rain we’ve been praying for for several months arrived in buckets Thursday and we’ve got the swollen creeks, overflowing storm drains and lawns covered with soaked leaves to prove it.

We’ve needed this rain since last Spring: Not the hard-driving storms that ran off quickly but a sustained downfall that has time to soak into our parched ground.

The forecast says rain will continue, heavy at times, through Friday before clearing for the weekend.

Good. We needed it.