Not sure what you experienced
but I was giving up hope of a big foliage show this year. Two trips out of town yielded either no color or already bare trees...
And then as if by a miracle, like Thanksgiving's version of Christmas morning snow, I woke up on the 22nd to see so much color outside my window. The picture does not show it well, but the trees from my window practically burst into color overnight.
And now, the ground is covered deep in a blanket of bright yellows and reds. Very satisfying.
matt at apartment therapy dot com