Funny thing is that it shows the local weather on the Start menu tile. But when you click on the tile, there is a message that it is not available. No big deal though. If I want to know what the weather is, I look out of the window - or switch to Win7.
Problem was solved for Weather and News apps after I encountered an unrelated issue- and Windows 8 had to REBUILD my installation. The rebuild wiped out all settings. Apps work fine now. Go figure...but as mentioned above, this is a pre-beta