I am not sure that we know what normal is on the sun, but it is not behaving as we have seen in the near term, last 200 years.
Typically, around the end of each 11-year sunspot cycle, the sun’s magnetic fields switch direction. The northern and southern hemispheres switch polarity, usually simultaneously.
But this time, something different is happening. The north pole already reversed its polarity several months ago — it is now the same polarity as the south pole.
I am not sure what the long term impact would be? It would lead to much quieter sun with fewer spots. Researchers speculate this could be the start of a prolonged period of weak solar activity.
The last time we had an extended quiet period was during the Maunder Minimum between 1650 and 1715, when almost no sunspots were observed. During the same period, temperatures dropped sharply on Earth. Some scientist say this sparking the “Little Ice Age”, with the largest impact in the Northern Hemisphere, but felt less in the Southern Hemisphere.
It will be an interesting few months, as we observe the magnetic field on the sun. Stay Tuned.