SOFAR float observations from 1300 m depth are used to describe a major feature of the large-scale, subthermocline velocity field observed in the western North Atlantic (31 N, 70W), during the 1978 POLYMODE Local Dynamics Experiment (LDE). The two-month-long intensive phase of the LDE was dominated by a highly polarized, oscillatory flow which had many of the characteristics of a barotropic planetary wave....