Port Alsworth is located on the southeast shore of Lake Clark approximately 170 miles southwest of Anchorage. Looking at recent VIIRS and Modis imagery, there appears to be no snow cover in the vicinity of the station (see second image below). Also, there is a state airport weather station in Port Alsworth (PALJ) and a RAWS station. The chart below shows the 15-minute observations from the CRN station plus the few airport and more numerous RAWS observations. Quite clearly, the airport and RAWS data support the CRN data. Finally, since the 62°F reading was one of the 15-minute observations, there is a chance that a higher reading occurred between the 15-minute readings.
Fig 1. Temperature plot of CRN, airport, and RAWS temperatures on 1.17/14.
Fig 2. Suomi NPP Landcover image from 1/28/14 showing the lack of snow cover in the region. Cyan is snow and brown indicats no snow. White indicates clouds (not snow). Port Alsworth is at the lower left end of the yellow line. Anchorage is at the upper right end of the yellow line. Click on image for a closer look.