For what's worth it, since I have access, the analytics page gives this graph for traffic:
There was a spike surrounding the election day and there seems to one now as well, but otherwise the traffic was not out of the ordinary in this time frame.
On the sources sub-page, which only works for one month prior (and it's just a pie chart), about 2/3 of the traffic comes from direct search engine searches, most of these from google. About 20% are "referral" links from other stack-exchange domains, and 10% are "direct" (which I'm not sure what it means).
The number of q's does show a recent spike on the analytics page (unlike in Glorfindel's graph) which actually reflects my subjective impression too. Perhaps the analytics page is updated more often.